About Us

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About Us

We are dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities.

Protection and Advocacy

We are New Hampshire’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency. We are authorized by federal statute “to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies” on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We are a statewide organization independent from state government or service providers.

We provide information, referral, advice, legal representation, and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems including special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services and Medicaid. We also work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our authority includes access to facilities to conduct monitoring activities, including site visits and speaking with residents of the facility.

Board of Directors

Kathy Bates, Judith Bomster, Dellie Champagne (PAIMI Council Chair), Lisa DiMartino (Chair), Richard Guerrerio, Melissa Mandrell (Treasurer), Mark Nichols (Secretary), Anne Rice, John Tobin (Vice Chair)

PAIMI Advisory Council

The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRC-NH on policies and priorities relating to individuals with mental illness. Members help educate the public about the DRC-NH’s purpose, priorities, and activities.  Council members have a commitment to improving mental health services, are self or family advocates, or are professionals or members of the public who have knowledge and interest in mental health issues. 

Staff

Our staff 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.

Priorities 2018-2019

We work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our annual priorities document details how we allocate our limited resources to address the most critical issues facing people with disabilities across the state.

Priorities 2019-2020

We work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our annual priorities document details how we allocate our limited resources to address the most critical issues facing people with disabilities across the state.

Federal Programs & Funding

A variety of federal and state grant programs enable us to provide legal advice or representation to hundreds of people with disabilities across the state in areas like special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services, and Medicaid.

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If You Need Help

Contact us if your rights have been violated or if you would like to schedule an education or information session about your rights.

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