PADD Program

PADD Goals and Priorities: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

DRC-NH receives PADD funds to serve adults and children with developmental disabilities. DRC-NH helps with disability related legal issues in the priority areas outlined below.

Monitor the care of people with developmental disabilities in institutions.

  1. Easter Seals – Zachary Road
  2. Crotched Mountain

Protect DRC-NH’s access authority whenever it is in question.

Provide counseling and advice to eligible people with developmental disabilities with problems in the broad areas outlined below: 

  • Ensure people with disabilities are safe from abuse or neglect
  • Ensure children and adults with disabilities can access supports and services in their homes, schools and communities
  • Ensure communities and services are accessible to people with disabilities
  • Ensure children with disabilities can access appropriate supports in their least restrictive environment in schools and in the community
  • Ensure people with developmental disabilities can access employment
  • Ensure people with developmental disabilities are not discriminated against in housing
  • Ensure access to appropriate area agency services for individuals on the waiting list
  • Ensure access to area agency services in home and community based settings
  • Ensure access to services for children ages 0-3
  • Ensure access to applied behavior analysis for children for whom it is medically necessary
  • Ensure individuals with disabilities have a choice of case manager/service coordinator
  • Evaluate reductions in or terminations of Medicaid services without proper notice

Provide limited or full representation to eligible people with developmental disabilities in the following areas:

  • Improper use of risk assessments resulting in denials of services and/or overly restrictive service settings
  • Access to area agency services for individuals with developmental disabilities aged 18-21
  • Access to home and community based services for individuals currently in out-of-state institutions, or institutions within NH, or who are at risk of an institutional placement
  • Exclusions, suspensions, or expulsions of children with disabilities from school
  • Restraint and seclusion in school
  • Egregious violations of rights in area agency services after informal efforts to resolve the problem have been unsuccessful

In accepting cases for limited or full representation, DRC-NH will consider the following:

  • Does the individual meet eligibility criteria?
  • Does the case have legal merit?
  • Do we have the capacity, funding and expertise to provide quality representation?
  • Does the case fit within our priorities?
  • What is the likelihood that our advocacy would make a positive difference to people with disabilities?
  • Would our advocacy result in services being provided in a more integrated setting?

Ensure policy makers are aware of the impact of laws and regulations on the rights of and issues impacting people with developmental disabilities.

  • Eligibility for area agency services
  • Waitlist and other funding issues
  • School discipline
  • Juvenile justice
  • Restraint and seclusion, particularly its use on children in schools and facilities
  • Medicaid rates

Communicate to people with developmental disabilities, family members and others regarding the rights of and issues impacting people with developmental disabilities. 

  • Conduct outreach and training with priority given to:
    • Empowering people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves
    • Assisting DRC-NH to reach underserved groups and communities
    • In the North Country
  • Communicate via DRC-NH e-news, RAP Sheet, social and traditional media, website, brochures and other written materials. Priority will be given to the development of written materials in areas where we are not providing representation.

Support self advocacy efforts.

  • Advocate NH
  • People First of NH
  • ABLE NH

Ensure DRC-NH collaborates with other groups and organizations on the rights of and issues impacting people with developmental disabilities via committee work.

  • Quality Council
  • NH Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • State Advisory Committee on the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities
  • NH Bar Association – Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section
  • Access to Justice
  • Elder Rights Coalition
  • Medical Care Advisory Committee
  • Long Term Care Advisory Committee
  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Incapacitated and Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Commission
  • ABLE NH
  • HCBS Waiver Settings Advisory Task Force