Services For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities
The NH developmental services system offers adult individuals with developmental disabilities a wide range of supports and services within their own communities.
All direct services and supports to individuals and families are provided through ten (10) designated non-profit area agencies that represent specific geographic regions of NH.
Any resident of NH is eligible for services who has a developmental disability and meets the following criteria:
- Which is attributable to an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or a specific learning disability, or any other condition of an individual found to be closely related to an intellectual disability as it refers to general intellectual functioning or impairment in adaptive behavior or requires treatment similar to that required for persons with an intellectual disability; and
- Which 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.
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.