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Innovations in Employment Supports: New Hampshire's State Division of Developmental Services

Research to Practice 34a


Originally published: 5/2004

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Between 1988 and 2001, New Hampshire's Division of Developmental Services transformed the state's day and employment services from a facility-based model, with 61% of individuals supported in sheltered workshops or facility-based day habilitation programs, to an inclusion model that supports 94% of its individuals in the community. Fifty-four percent of the individuals served work for at least part of their week in integrated employment. Two things are striking. First, stakeholders in the state are firm about their commitment to the broad value of community inclusion, with employment as a principal vehicle for achieving that goal. Second, stakeholders are clear that much remains to be done, including expressing concerns about both individuals who are not currently working and the quality of the outcomes for individuals who are working.

In FY2001 New Hampshire's Division of Developmental Disabilities reported that 51% of individuals receiving day and employment supports were working in integrated employment for at least part of the work week. This places New Hampshire among the top five states based on the percent of individuals in integrated employment.

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These data were collected as part of the National Survey of State MRDD Agencies administered by the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston. ICI staff collected descriptive information during a series of on-site and telephone interviews conducted in 2002.

Several factors were consistently highlighted as contributing to New Hampshire's employment outcomes to date:

For more information contact:

John Butterworth, Ph.D.,
Institute for Community Inclusion, UCEDD
University of Massachusetts Boston
(617) 287-4357

Jeanne Cusson
Program Planning and Review Specialist
New Hampshire Division of Developmental Disabilities
(603) 271-5014

Institute for Community Inclusion
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
617.287.4300 (v); 617.287.4350 (TTY)

This project was supported, in part, by cooperative agreement #90DN0126 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions contained herein are those of the grantee and project participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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