NH-Based Resources

Government

  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
    DHHS's mission is to join communities and families in providing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.
  • New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services
    Works with NH's developmental services system to ensure public resources are used effectively to support individuals and families in their community.
  • New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health
    Works to ensure the provision of efficient and effective services to those citizens who are most severely and persistently disabled by mental, emotional, and behavioral dysfunction as defined by NH laws and rules
  • New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities
    A federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life.
  • NH Medicaid for Children
    Provides comprehensive health and dental insurance to NH children ages 0-19 if their families do not have access to insurance or it is unaffordable.
  • Family Resource Connection of the New Hampshire State Library 
    Collects and makes available to New Hampshire residents current and useful information on all aspects of caring for, educating, and raising healthy children, especially young children with special needs. Provides online library catalogue and online directory of children's services. Materials can be borrowed through the library free of charge. 20 Park St., Concord. (800) 298-4321. A collaborative effort of the NH Departments of Health & Human Services, Education, and the NH State Library.
  • Governor's Commission on Disability
    Provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessibility issues, including accessible parking spaces, housing and transportation. Provides online list of state and federal government benefit programs. 57 Regional Drive, Concord.  1- 800-852-3405, 603-271-2773.

Community-Based Organizations

  • Community Support Network, Inc.
    CSNI is a not for profit organization that works in support of the 10 Area Agencies throughout the state of New Hampshire that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury and their families.
  • Model Community: Littleton, NH
    A Model Community is inclusive of all it’s citizens, regardless of age or ability,  provides choice and control for its citizens who, because of disability, health issues or aging, need long-term supports in order to stay in their community, and encourages its citizens to fully engage with their community through business, civic, volunteer, and social opportunities.
  • NAMI NH
    A statewide network of affiliate chapters support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.
  • Parent Information Center on Special Education (PIC)  
    Telephone/email support to families with questions about early supports and services, special education, and other disability related concerns, interactive workshops for parents, volunteer advocate training and informational materials (online and printed).  151-A Manchester St., PO Box 2405, Concord, NH 03302.  603-224-7005 or (800) 947-7005. Funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • NH Family Voices
    A "Family To Family Health and Education Center" assisting families of children/youth and young adults with chronic  health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges.  Provides one to one phone assistance, educational materials, online resources, a lending library and quarterly newsletter.  (603) 271-4525 or NH only (800) 852-3345 x. 4525.
  • ServiceLink Aging & Disability Resource Centers  
    Community-based supported information and referral services for older adults and people with disabilities that support people to make informed choices and live independently in their community. Information provided about Medicare and Medicaid. Offices are located throughout the state. Callers are automatically connected to the ServiceLink office in their area. Funded by the State of New Hampshire and federal government.  Call 1-866-634-9412. 
  • ServiceLink Community Resource Directory
    Search for services for older adults and people with disabilities online by type of service and community through the ServiceLink Community Resource Directory.
  • Family Centered Early Supports and Services
    Program for delivering supports and services in family homes for children from birth through age two who have a diagnosed, established condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, are experiencing developmental delays, or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided.
  • Parent to Parent of NH
    Provides parent matches between experienced parents, who "have been there" with new or "referred" parents of children with special needs (medical, developmental, emotional, learning) who are just beginning to meet the challenges of a disability within the family. Provides information and referral to community resources, services, support groups, state support programs, and others. 12 Flynn St., Lebanon.  (800) 698-LINK (5465).

Advocacy/Self-Advocate Groups

  • The New Hampshire Challenge
    The New Hampshire Challenge, Inc. is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization serving the state of New Hampshire.  Our mission is to “provide information to and advocate for families with persons who have disabilities.”  The goal of the organization is to “create a vision for change so families will see themselves as integral parts of the community at large.”
  • People First of New Hampshire
    Statewide umbrella of 17 self-advocacy groups for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities around the state providing resources, training, and support.  Call for the chapter in your area or on how to start one.
  • Disabilities Rights Center (DRC)
    Information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems. Online resources and materials available on a wide range of disability-related topics. 18 Low Avenue, Concord. (603) 228-0432  or (800) 834-1721 (v/tty). Federally-funded Protection and Advocacy Center.

Inclusive Education

  • NH Department of Education
    The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student. This site provides a wealth of data and information about the NHDOE's programs, services, and initiatives at the fingertips of every citizen.
  • ABLE-NH
    ABLE NH advocates for the civil and human rights of all children and adults with disabilities and promotes full participation by improving systems of supports, connecting families, inspiring communities, and influencing public policy.
  • Children's Alliance of New Hampshire
    Our vision of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire is to be the leading, independent and inspirational voice for children in New Hampshire, widely recognized as the foremost source of accurate data on child well-being and as an educator, convener, collaborator and leader for courageous policy positions and community action and for our focus on building our internal capacity and sustainability.
  • Main Street Academix
    An innovative educational consulting firm specializing in school climate improvement and respectful schools research and evaluation.  They help schools evaluate and improve school safety, prevent bullying, reduce dropouts, and promote student engagement in leadership and learning.
  • NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS)
    The New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS) engages schools and other youth-serving organizations in developing strategic systems and practices that promote the behavioral, social-emotional and academic growth of all children.
  • New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition
    Identifies underserved populations in the state with barriers to accessing appropriate health care, to advocate for adequate and appropriate services and to educate and empower these populations to be active participants in their own health.
  • SERESC
    SERESC's story begins in 1974, when 14 New Hampshire school districts pooled their resources to establish this collaborative non-profit agency. Originally chartered to establish services and programs to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), SERESC has since expanded its focus areas to include: Education, Professional Development and Technology services.
  • Strafford Learning Center
    Strafford Learning Center is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1973. The Board of Directors and staff are committed to offering high quality special education and related supports to over thirty school districts throughout the region.

Other Resources

  • Maneuvering Through the Maze
    A comprehensive resource guide of state health and human services agencies, educational resources, private associations and organizations that serve people in New Hampshire with physical, developmental, mental health and chronic illnesses and their families, from birth to adulthood.
  • 211 New Hampshire
    Information and referral for general human services including help with food, emergency housing, employment, health care and counseling is available by dialing 211 in NH or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state. Operated by United Ways of New Hampshire.