Making a Good Life



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Community Crossroads


Community Crossroads, a private not-for-profit agency, provides services and support to people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders. We work with local businesses to find employment opportunities, provide homes and other living arrangements, and we partner with local school systems to ensure each person receives the highest quality educational experience.

Know Your Laws!


Did you know that back in 1975, the NH State Legislature passed a law which established the service system for individuals with developmental disabilities? This law is known as RSA 171-A and lays the groundwork for the system which we know today. In this time of great change in New Hampshire, including the advent of Medicaid Managed Care, it is vital that families familiarize themselves with the law which forms the foundation on which everything else has been built.


Click to read RSA 171-A.

Making a Good Life Series


What does it take to live a good life?  Community Crossroads works together with individuals and their families to help individuals reach their goals and live the good life. Read our collection of some of many examples about how people are doing just that!


We would love to highlight your success story, too! If you have something to share, contact Dee Johnson, or any member of the Community Crossroads team!

Support Groups for Parents in Derry and Surrounding Communities


The Autism Parent Support Group in Derry, NH and surrounding areas is a parent led group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the downstairs meeting room at the Derry Public Library from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.  They encourage parents form Derry and all surrounding towns to attend.  Their group was formed in collaboration with Easter Seals after a great need was expressed by families to find support and locate resources in their local areas. They will be expanding their meeting days and times to include an evening support group and adding a new meeting location in Londonderry in the coming months. 

Single Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group is new, and is currently seeking interested parents to join their online Facebook community.  They will be expanding to include group meetings and outings in the next few months.  Their goal is to provide the much needed support and social needs of single parents who have children that experience any disability. 

For more information about these support groups or to be added to their Facebook group, please contact Marla at: or at (603) 724-0790. 

Medicaid Managed Care


New Hampshire Medicaid Managed Care Health Plans: Your Right To Appeal Or File A Grievance.


The DRC is New Hampshire’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. The DRC provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems, including access to, and quality of, Medicaid services. An intake appointment with an attorney can be scheduled by calling 1-800-834-1721 or online at

Community Crossroads has developed a list of helpful hints and other information for families. Visit our Managed Care page for more.

Access the DHHS website by clicking on the MCM logo for additional information.

Are You or Is Someone You Know Affected by Domestic Abuse?

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence /abuse, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has a 24 hour crisis line. They also have a web site that has lots of helpful information including; Developing Safety Plans and How to Help a Friend or Family Member.  The crisis line is 1-866- 644- 3574 and website:

Focusing on Employment


Paul works at Dodge Grain in Salem and has been a staple there for about 10 years. Paul's main duties include stocking the store from the warehouse. He checks the different birdseeds in the store, gets a count for what is needed, then gathers up the supplies from the warehouse. It requires a lot of strength to load the cart with the various types of feed and seeds and get them into the store.

Paul feels a sense of accomplishment when he is done at the end of each day. He can immediately see the impact of his work when he walkes through the store and the shelves are filled with product.

You can see Paul every morning at Dodge Grain, Monday through Friday, dilligently working at his job.

- Dee Johnson, Community Crossroads' Employment Specialist

Read more examples of sucessful, rewarding employment and community involvement!

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2016 Kids Carnival

Mark your calendars! The 19th annual Kids Carnival is just around the corner! Join us Saturday, February 6th at the Woodbury Middle School in Salem, NH for a fun filled day of demonstrations, activities, raffles, and food! View our flyer for complete details!

2016 NH Transition Collaborative Annual Planning Information Night

New! 2016 NH Transition Collaborative Annual Planning Information Night will be held at Pinkerton Academy, Stockbridge Theater on March 29th.  For more information and how to register, see flyer.

Medicaid and/or Guardianship Application Sessions

New! We are offering the below sessions at Community Crossroads to assist you with applying for Medicaid and/or Guardianship.  Children’s Medicaid (formerly known as Katie Beckett) is for individuals under 19 who may or may not have a primary insurance. Children’s Medicaid can be used as a secondary insurance and can be applied for based on the child’s diagnosis rather than on family income.   Adult Medicaid needs to be applied for before an individual turns 19 and will be needed if the individual qualifies for services from Community Crossroads upon turning 21 (provided funding is available).  Applying for Guardianship takes place prior to turning 18.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this assistance please come to one of our sessions. You do not need to be connected to Community Crossroads to come. It’s important that you RSVP to: or call Cathy Wahl at 893-1299 X320 so that we have enough materials available.


8th – Medicaid – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
17th – Guardianship  - 5:30 to 6:30 PM
29th – Guardianship- 9:30 to 10:30 AM
31rst – Medicaid – 9:30 to 10:30 AM


9th- Medicaid – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
14th – Guardianship – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
28th – Guardianship – 9:30 to 10:30 AM
30th – Medicaid – 9:30 to 10:30 AM


11th – Guardianship – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
13th – Medicaid – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
25th – Guardianship – 9:30 to 10:30 AM
27th – Medicaid – 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Winter, 2016 Compass Newsletter

Our Winter, 2016 Compass newsletter is now available online!

2016 NH Family Support Conference

Save the date! The 2016 Family Support Conference will be held April 29th through May 1st, 2016, at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center in Bartlett, NH. Download the flyer for complete details!

Calendar of Events

Visit our new Calendar page for upcoming events!

Governance Desk Audit 2015 Statewide Summary

A Governance Desk Audit was conducted in the summer of 2015 as part of an evolving annual quality review process developed by the Bureau of Developmental Services to monitor compliance with administrative requirements. The Statewide Summary has been released and can be reviewed here.

Employment Report, June 2015

Review the complete June, 2015 employment report.

2014 Annual Report

Our Annual Report is now available online!

All Legislative Updates Available Online

Visit the Legislative Updates Archive page to view current and all previous Legislative Update announcements, including Managed Care information!

NH Quality Council Managed Care Transition Recommendations

The Developmental Disabilities Quality Council was asked by the department to produce contract language that we would like to be included for Step 2 Phase 3.  While the QC maintains a unanimous position of being against commercial managed care, we saw an opportunity to share the recommendations of individuals, families and other stakeholders.  After working for about 10 months on this document, it was presented to Commissioner Nick Toumpas and his staff January 25th and is now being made public. Click here to review this document.  Please contact Sarah Aiken at CSNI with questions.

Dance Classes!

The Dance Studio of Windham is offering dance classes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Jeannette Abates, the owner of the studio, is able and willing to add additional classes if  necessary.  The  first class is free.


There is a fully choreographed, costumed, annual recital for those who are in the class!

Who: Children and Adults 7 years old and older
What: Interactive dance class that includes stretching and professional choreography
Where: The Dance Studio of Windham

288 N. Broadway Unit F, Salem, NH 03079
When: Every Saturday 11-12pm
Cost: $71 a month with a free trial class


Call (603)893-9998 for more information!

Wheelchair Sports

Partners in Health and North East Passage sponsor TREK (Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids!). This free after school program offers recreation and socialization for children with and without disabilities. Whether you use a wheelchair or not, all can participate.

TREK is offered 4 times per year at Derry Recreational Center, 43 W. Broadway (Rte 102), 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Join them after for pizza, beverages, salad, and snacks from 6:00 to 7:00 at Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry (2 doors down). Please contact Anita Trudel at Community Crossroads, 893-1299 X334 for dates and additional information. Registration is required and space is limited.

Derry Social Connections

Derry Social Connections is a place where young adults who experience Autism can socialize, engage and connect with others who share the same interests. Check out the brochure for all the details!


Each year Community Crossroads supports over 900 families and individuals. Your tax-deductible donation will help insure that they continue to live a quality life.

"With generous assistance from Community Crossroads, my daughter was able to move into her own apartment...She wanted her independence and wanted to live in her own place...She is thriving in her new home and with continued support will continue to do so. We thank Community Crossroads for giving our daughter the ability to pursue her independent living, just like everyone else."


...Brenda, mother of Courthey

"Region 10/Community Crossroads has been a godsend to our family, in providing our son Aaron, the opportunity to lead an independent life, while honing his skills as a seasoned musician and performer. We cannot fully express just how appreciative we are for Aaron's chance to lead a fulfilling, happy and rewarding existence, doing the one thing that he does so extremely well. Again, our sincere thanks Region 10!"


... Susan, Aaron & Ed Antolewicz / Atkinson

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