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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Posted: March 20, 2018

Community Support Network, Inc., in partnership with the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities held an event on March 19, 2018. Governor Sununu read and signed a proclamation that declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in New Hampshire. It was an event that was well attended by more than 120 people! In attendance were people who experience a developmental disability, their families, friends, professionals in the field, and legislators.

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Posted: January 19, 2018

CSNI will be hosting  a webinar with Chuck Saia (Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Disability) and Bill Dwyer (State Treasurer) on Tuesday February 13th from 3:00-4:00pm. The purpose of the webinar will be to introduce the new STABLE NH Accounts. This is from federal legislation passed known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, or more commonly known as the ABLE Act/accounts, that have now been made available in the State of New Hampshire. It is a tax-free investment and savings account for individuals with disabilities to save money without losing their essential benefits like SSI and Medicaid. 

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Judge to Decide Fate of Laconia State School Trust Funds

Posted: December 28, 2017

LACONIA — Twenty-six years after the Laconia State School closed, nearly $156,000 in trust funds established to benefit former residents remain unspent.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has filed a petition with the 6th Circuit Court, Probate Division in Concord to alter terms of the trusts so that the money can begin helping those with needs not covered by Medicaid.

Attorney Tom Donovan, head of the Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Division, told the court the intent is to merge seven funds and use the pooled money to pay for dental work, clothing, transportation and home repairs for people who once lived at the school before it closed in 1991.

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ABLE Accounts Press Conference

Posted: November 7, 2017

There is a press conference taking place on Wednesday November 8th at 10am at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH related to the ABLE Accounts. 

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Information on the Different Surveys

Posted: November 3, 2017

There are many different surveys being sent out over the past few months and people may be getting confused with why there are so many. They could also be getting tired of answering them all and potentially disregard them. It is well known that New Hampshire families are educated advocates that work tirelessly when speaking for themselves or a loved one with a disability. In order to continue to advocate for services and funding it is essential that we have the data to back it up. 

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The Division of Long Term Supports and Services

Posted: October 2, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently established the Division of Long Term Supports and Services. This will include the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, (BEAS), The Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS), and Special Medical Services (SMS).

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CSNI Slate of officers announced for FY 2018

Posted: July 11, 2017

Sandy Pelletier, President Eric Johnson, Vice President Alan Green, Secretary Becky Bryant, Treasurer Mark Mills, Past President

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New Hampshire’s results of the National Core Indicator (NCI) Surveys

Posted: May 25, 2017

Please find the attached links to New Hampshire’s results of the National Core Indicator (NCI) Surveys. These surveys are intended to provide a mechanism for various aspects of an individual’s life experiences to be compared to the life experiences of people living throughout the United States. The data provided enables us to compare experiences with regard to housing, employment, transportation, assistance in maintaining relationships as well as access to medical care and more.

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The National Save Our Services (S.O.S.) Campaign

Posted: April 5, 2016

The National Save Our Services (S.O.S.) Campaign Recent changes to Federal law have created a perfect storm of regulations that threaten the ability of community service providers to continue to offer quality supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The most recent proposed change out of the Department of Labor, if finalized […]

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