Jonathon Drake

Project Director, RENEW Training Coordinator


  • MSW, University of New Hampshire, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Children's Health and Disability, University of New Hampshire, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2004

Professional Background

Jonathon Drake received a Master of Social Work Degree with a focus on policy, community organizing, systems, management and research from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. During his course of study, Jonathon also received a Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Children’s Health and Disability. Jonathon began working with the Institute on Disability in 2005 through the New Hampshire Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. From 2006-2009, Jonathon joined the Achievement in Dropout Prevention and Excellence project as an Intensive Intervention Facilitator. In this role, Jonathon provided on-going training and technical assistance to high school professionals in the utilization of Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports as well as the implementation of an intensive intervention model called RENEW. Jonathon also provided the RENEW intervention to youth identified as high risk in their community. Jonathon is currently the Assistant Director for the RENEW Capacity Building Project, with the goal of implementing RENEW in the NH mental health system to serve 450 over a three year period. Jonathon also provides Wraparound training and coaching for a New Hampshire System of Care Fast Forward Project. Jonathon coordinates training and development for RENEW projects internationally.


A Bold Vision When students with disabilities are provided appropriate instruction and supports, they can learn grade-level general education curriculum, communicate in ways that are commensurate with their same-age peers without disabilities, have meaningful social relationships, and graduate from high school—college and career ready.
Next Steps NH is a federally-funded project designed to improve the capacity of schools and communities to improve the outcomes of youth with disabilities and youth at risk of failing high school. The project delivers evidence-supported transition practice training and technical supports to schools districts throughout the state.
This project involves the development and delivery of cross-disciplinary professional development to a diverse group of providers in order to improve the services, supports, and system for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
"Education Revolution at Somersworth High School" Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a data-driven behavioral support and improvement framework that consists of three levels, each specifically designed to prevent disruption and address the behavioral support needs of students at risk of school failure: 
RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth.

Jonathon Drake
Institute on Disability
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301