PAIR Program

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

DRC-NH receives PAIR funds to serve people with disabilities who are not eligible for the PAIMI (mental health) or PADD (developmental disability) programs. DRC-NH helps with disability related legal issues in the priority areas outlined below.

The Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Program

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

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

  • Ensure people with disabilities are safe from abuse and neglect
  • Ensure people with disabilities can access supports and services in their homes 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 disabilities can access employment
  • Ensure people with disabilities are not discriminated against in housing
  • Ensure individuals with disabilities have a choice of case manager/service coordinator
  • Address reductions in or terminations of Medicaid services without proper notice

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

  • Illegal discharges from nursing homes
  • Denials of or delays in accessing services via the CFI waiver
  • Egregious violations of rights regarding the CFI waiver after informal efforts to resolve the problem have been unsuccessful
  • Denials of effective interpreter services
  • Exclusions from school of children with disabilities
  • Restraint and seclusion in school

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 disabilities.

  • Educate on the impact of proposed legislation on people with disabilities in NH as resources allow.
  • Educate on the impact of proposed regulations on people with disabilities in NH as resources allow.

Conduct outreach and training to people with disabilities, family members and others regarding the rights of and issues impacting people with 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
    • Training and outreach focused on 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.

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

  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Long Term Care Advisory Committee
  • NH Commission on Deafness and Hearing Loss
  • Medical Care Advisory Committee
  • NH Bar Association – Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section
  • Access to Justice
  • Elder Rights Coalition
  • Incapacitated and Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Commission