Community Crossroads is one of ten non- profit corporations designated as “area agencies” by the state of New Hampshire. In this role, we are responsible for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from birth to elder years as well as adults with acquired brain disorders. Originally established in 1979 as Region 10 Client Management, the agency has grown over the past thirty eight years to serve over 1,200 individuals and families in eleven towns in southern New Hampshire. We have become an integral part of our local communities through fundraising activities, civic involvement, and partnership with local businesses.
Beginning in 2012 we expanded our services and our mission to support anyone in need of long term care. This includes elders and other adults with chronic health conditions under the Choices for Independence program. We also offer Representative Payee services to those who need extra help managing their finances. This includes not only individuals with disabilities but also veterans; people who are homeless; and others receiving Social Security benefits. Both of these services are available to people living anywhere in New Hampshire. In 2017, we were awarded a contract from the NH Department of Health and Human Services to serve children with chronic health conditions and their families under the Partners in Health program. Community Crossroads also offers access to our Oral Health Program for anyone served by the agency.
Our agency was established in 1979 as Region Ten Client Management, an outgrowth of the Kimi Nichols Center in Plaistow, NH. At the time, there were very few options available to families except for the Laconia State School. We were one of the first organizations designated as an “area agency” by the state of New Hampshire with the responsibility to coordinate and establish services for people with developmental disabilities returning from Laconia as well as people still living at home with their families. Beginning in 1982, with the development of the Medicaid Community Care Waiver, the community system began to grow rapidly as the Laconia State School grew smaller until it eventually closed in 1991. Below are some important dates in our history:
1979: Region 10 Client Management established as a non- profit corporation in Plaistow, NH
1982: Agency began serving adults and children with developmental disabilities under the DD waiver
1987: Name changed to Region 10 Community Support Services
1989: Agency moved to Atkinson, NH
1989: Family Support legislation established Family Support Council
1991: Laconia State School closed
1994: Agency began serving adults under the Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) waiver
2002: Agency began serving children under the In Home Supports (IHS) waiver
2012: Name changed to Community Crossroads
2012: Agency began serving elders and other adults under the Choices for Independence (CFI) waiver
2017: Agency began serving children with chronic health conditions under the Partners in Health program
Our agency has always been at the forefront of innovative practices in the state of New Hampshire and we will continue to grow and evolve as an organization to meet the ever changing needs of our communities.