Making a Good Life

 

 

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Community Crossroads

 

Community Crossroads, a private not-for-profit agency, provides services and support to people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders. We work with local businesses to find employment opportunities, provide homes and other living arrangements, and we partner with local school systems to ensure each person receives the highest quality educational experience.

Focusing on Employment

 

Tommy works at Romano's Pizza in Salem, and anyone who lives in town knows they make the best pizza and subs. Tommy's job responsibilities include making pizza boxes and making sure the front counter is completely stocked and ready with boxes for the start of the day. He also prepares the containers for French fries, as well as breaks down all other boxes for the dumpster.


Tommy enjoys working and earning a paycheck, then going to the bank and cashing it to buy his movies. His self-esteem has soared since he started working at Romano's and he likes being part of the community. Tommy's co-workers have become his friends.

In addition to his job at Romano's, Tommy is also very involved in his community, enjoying his volunteer positions of three years at  the Salem Boys' and Girls' Club. He volunteers there 5 days a week, up to 3 hours per day, as an assistant basketball coach. The new director really enjoys having Tom there and considers him to be part of the family. He is also a member of an official bowling league.



- Dee Johnson, Community Crossroads' Employment Specialist

 

Read more examples of sucessful, rewarding employment and community involvement!

Making a Good Life Series

 

What does it take to live a good life?  Community Crossroads works together with individuals and their families to help individuals reach their goals and live the good life. Read our collection of some of many examples about how people are doing just that!

 

We would love to highlight your success story, too! If you have something to share, contact Dee Johnson, or any member of the Community Crossroads team!

Support Groups for Parents in Derry and Surrounding Communities

 

The Autism Parent Support Group in Derry, NH and surrounding areas is a parent led group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the downstairs meeting room at the Derry Public Library from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.  They encourage parents form Derry and all surrounding towns to attend.  Their group was formed in collaboration with Easter Seals after a great need was expressed by families to find support and locate resources in their local areas. They will be expanding their meeting days and times to include an evening support group and adding a new meeting location in Londonderry in the coming months. 


Single Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group is new, and is currently seeking interested parents to join their online Facebook community.  They will be expanding to include group meetings and outings in the next few months.  Their goal is to provide the much needed support and social needs of single parents who have children that experience any disability. 


For more information about these support groups or to be added to their Facebook group, please contact Marla at: Marla.Soucy@gmail.com or at (603) 724-0790. 

Medicaid Managed Care

 

New Hampshire Medicaid Managed Care Health Plans: Your Right To Appeal Or File A Grievance. http://www.drcnh.org/MMCappealsgrievances.html.

 

The DRC is New Hampshire’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. The DRC provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems, including access to, and quality of, Medicaid services. An intake appointment with an attorney can be scheduled by calling 1-800-834-1721 or online at http://www.drcnh.org/A2J.html.


Community Crossroads has developed a list of helpful hints and other information for families. Visit our Managed Care page for more.


Access the DHHS website by clicking on the MCM logo for additional information.

Are You or Is Someone You Know Affected by Domestic Abuse?


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence /abuse, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has a 24 hour crisis line. They also have a web site that has lots of helpful information including; Developing Safety Plans and How to Help a Friend or Family Member.  The crisis line is 1-866- 644- 3574 and website: http://www.nhcadsv.org.

Know Your Laws!

 

Did you know that back in 1975, the NH State Legislature passed a law which established the service system for individuals with developmental disabilities? This law is known as RSA 171-A and lays the groundwork for the system which we know today. In this time of great change in New Hampshire, including the advent of Medicaid Managed Care, it is vital that families familiarize themselves with the law which forms the foundation on which everything else has been built.

 

Click to read RSA 171-A.

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Announcements

13th Annual Silent Auction

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at our Silent Auction Thursday, May 5th at The Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham! See the flyer for details. Buy tickets online.

Spring, 2016 Compass Newsletter

Our Spring, 2016 Compass newsletter is now available online!

Great new resource developed by NH Family Voices!

The Take Control of Your Health Seriesis a set of resources to educate teens and young adults about taking an active role in managing their healthcare. The four card set covers the topics of managing appointments, medications, health insurance and health information. Each subject card outlines how to get started, important facts and what questions to ask to get the information needed to become more independent.
Download them here:  http://nhfv.org/how-we-can-help/publications/

Medicaid and/or Guardianship Application Sessions

We will be meeting on the dates listed below to go over paperwork line by line for adult Medicaid/HCCSD (formerly known as Katie Beckett) and Guardianship. Adult Medicaid (APTD) can be applied for when an individual turns 18.  It is necessary to have open and active APTD in order to receive funding for adult services at the age of 21 and older.   HCCSD Medicaid is for individuals under 18 years of age and is based on the child’s diagnosis – not on family income.

 

If you or someone you know could benefit from this assistance please come to one of our sessions. People do not need to be connected to Community Crossroads to attend. Please do RSVP to Cathy Wahl, 603-893-1299 X 320 or cwahl@communitycrossroadsnh.org so that we can have enough materials available.

 

June:
9th- Medicaid – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
14th – Guardianship – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
28th – Guardianship – 9:30 to 10:30 AM
30th – Medicaid – 9:30 to 10:30 AM

 

October:
11th – Guardianship – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
13th – Medicaid – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
25th – Guardianship – 9:30 to 10:30 AM
27th – Medicaid – 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Governance Desk Audit 2015 Statewide Summary

A Governance Desk Audit was conducted in the summer of 2015 as part of an evolving annual quality review process developed by the Bureau of Developmental Services to monitor compliance with administrative requirements. The Statewide Summary has been released and can be reviewed here.

All Legislative Updates Available Online

Visit the Legislative Updates Archive page to view current and all previous Legislative Update announcements, including Managed Care information!

NH Quality Council Managed Care Transition Recommendations

The Developmental Disabilities Quality Council was asked by the department to produce contract language that we would like to be included for Step 2 Phase 3.  While the QC maintains a unanimous position of being against commercial managed care, we saw an opportunity to share the recommendations of individuals, families and other stakeholders.  After working for about 10 months on this document, it was presented to Commissioner Nick Toumpas and his staff January 25th and is now being made public. Click here to review this document.  Please contact Sarah Aiken at CSNI with questions.

Wheelchair Sports

Partners in Health and North East Passage sponsor TREK (Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids!). This free after school program offers recreation and socialization for children with and without disabilities. Whether you use a wheelchair or not, all can participate.


TREK is offered 4 times per year at Derry Recreational Center, 43 W. Broadway (Rte 102), 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Join them after for pizza, beverages, salad, and snacks from 6:00 to 7:00 at Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry (2 doors down). Please contact Anita Trudel at Community Crossroads, 893-1299 X334 for dates and additional information. Registration is required and space is limited.

Derry Social Connections

Derry Social Connections is a place where young adults who experience Autism can socialize, engage and connect with others who share the same interests. Check out the brochure for all the details!

Donate

Each year Community Crossroads supports over 900 families and individuals. Your tax-deductible donation will help insure that they continue to live a quality life.


"With generous assistance from Community Crossroads, my daughter was able to move into her own apartment...She wanted her independence and wanted to live in her own place...She is thriving in her new home and with continued support will continue to do so. We thank Community Crossroads for giving our daughter the ability to pursue her independent living, just like everyone else."

 

...Brenda, mother of Courthey

"Region 10/Community Crossroads has been a godsend to our family, in providing our son Aaron, the opportunity to lead an independent life, while honing his skills as a seasoned musician and performer. We cannot fully express just how appreciative we are for Aaron's chance to lead a fulfilling, happy and rewarding existence, doing the one thing that he does so extremely well. Again, our sincere thanks Region 10!"

 

... Susan, Aaron & Ed Antolewicz / Atkinson