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Waiting For Service: Adults With Developmental Disabilities Still Struggle To Find Care

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham; Wikimedia Commons

Adults with developmental disabilities are provided government assistance, including services they used to get from the school system as children. But for years, there's been a waiting list for that help, despite political promises and attempts at reform.  We ask why the state keeps falling short for these adults and their families.

Producer's Note: Read our additional coverage of this show. 


  • Christine Santaniello - Director of the Bureau of Developmental Services for the Department of Health and Human Services. She formerly led Lakes Region Community Services.
  • Sandy Pelletier - President and CEO of Gateways Community Services, an area agency in Nashua New Hampshire.
  • Jennifer Bertrand - Vice-Chair of the Council Policy Committee for the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. 

On Tuesday, January 24th at 3:30PM,  family members, lawmakers, and healthcare providers testified before the State Legislature on behalf of HB-387-FN-A, which would increase the pay for direct service providers through the Bureau of Developmental Services by 2%. 

For more information:

The NH Council on Developmental Disabilities

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities 

The Bureau of Developmental Services

A list of provider agencies.

Stepping Stones, a publication of Parenting New Hampshire that provides information for those with disabilities. 

Below is a chart tracking the number of people on the Developmental Disability Services wait-list from 2006-2016.
Credit Bureau of Developmental Services

To read the full report from the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Jeffrey Meyers, click here

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