Community of Practice

Community of Practice for Supporting Families New Hampshire State Team

Vision for Supporting Families and the Community of Practice in New Hampshire:

The Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities exists to enhance and drive policy, practice, and system transformation to support people with intellectual/developmental disabilities within the context of their families and communities. 

Introducing and using Charting the LifeCourse framework and principles to develop a vision for a good life across the lifespan.

Innovation/Focus Areas:

  • Supporting individuals/families to use Lifecourse concepts and tools in a way that is beneficial to them in all areas of life.
  • Encouraging and supporting Person-Centered thinking, planning, and problem solving.
  • Currently working on No Wrong Door initiatives, with the plan being to redesign the waiver.
  • Developing a webpage with resources and tools to be accessed by all.
  • Education for stakeholders about Charting the Lifecourse principles and tools.

Community of Practice Leadership

Mary St Jacques
State Facilitator
University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability

Thom O’Connor
Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services

Heidi Petzold
Bureau of Family Centered Services

Ami Guimond
Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services

Tom Grinley
Bureau of Mental Health Services