All direct services and supports to individuals and families are provided through 10 non-profit designated area agencies located throughout NH.
The range of services available include:
- Service Coordination including advocacy, facilitation and monitoring;
- Day Services focusing on assistance and training provided to individuals to maintain and improve their skills in personal care, vocational activities and community integration to enhance their social and personal development;
- Employment Services focusing on assistance and training provided to individuals to maintain and improve their skills in vocational activities and enhance their social, personal development and well-being within the context of vocational goals. These services develop paid employment opportunities in integrated settings which offer meaningful occasions for workers to interact with coworkers and customers;
- Personal Care Services offering assistance and training to individuals to maintain and improve their skills in basic daily living and community integration and to enhance their social and personal development;
- Community Support Services that are intended for individuals who have developed or are trying to develop skills to live independently within the community. Services consist of assistance and training provided to maintain and improve skills in daily living and community integration and to enhance social and personal development;
- Family Support Services including respite and environmental modifications, to assist families in caring for a family member at home; and
- Crisis Services, Assistive Technology Services and Specialty Services.
Any resident of NH is eligible for services who has a developmental disability and meets the following criteria:
- a disability that is attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or a specific learning disability, or any other condition of an individual found to be closely related to mental retardation as it refers to general intellectual functioning or impairment in adaptive behavior or requires treatment similar to that required for mentally retarded individuals; and
- a disability that originates before such individual attains age 22, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and constitutes a severe disability to such individual's ability to function normally in society.
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