The Disability Rights Center - NH is a member of the National Disability Rights Network.The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) network was created by Congress after the Willowbrook scandal unearthed the horrible conditions in that institution.
This website has been made possible by grants from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Administration on Community Living, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; The U.S. Social Security Administration; and The U.S. Department of Education, Offices of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services.
The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Disability Rights Center - NH, Inc. and do not represent the official views of the federal grantors.
Updated December 29, 2017
Disability Rights Center - NH is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Center - NH (DRC) is New Hampshire's designated Protection and Advocacy agency and authorized by federal statute "to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies" on behalf of individuals with disabilities. DRC is a statewide organization independent from state government or service providers.
DRC provides information, referral, advice, legal representation, and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems. DRC's authority includes access to facilities to conduct monitoring activities, including site visits and speaking with residents of the facility.
Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director
Lisa DiMartino, President
Gary Carpenter, PAIMI Advisory Council Chairperson
About the Staff
Board of Directors
2014-15 Biannual Report
2012-13 Biannual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
2004 Annual Report
2003 Annual Report
Federal Authority and Funding
DRC Grievance Policy and Procedures
Legal advice and assistance with disability-related issues, information and referral, and legal representation in priority areas including:
Investigations of abuse and neglect
Monitoring of service providers, including site visits and speaking with residents
Policy and System Change Advocacy
As part of its charge and mission, and often in collaboration with others, the DRC engages in systemic level change activity, which addresses the underlying causes of problems people with disabilities face, enabling change to occur for many individuals at the same time. This is done through:
Education and Training
DRC provides training, consultation, technical assistance,community education, and informational material to individuals, groups, organizations, lawyers and other advocates on disability rights. Contact Julia Freeman-Woolpert, Outreach Director, with your requests for speakers or trainings.