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Mission Statement:  

“To join with the area agency to strengthen individuals and families and cultivate responsive communities

Family Support Council Family Get Together, Oct. 2013.

Family Support Council Family Get Together, Oct. 2013.

The Family Support Council works in partnership with Lakes Region Community Services. The Council strives to empower families and is a voice for change and inclusion through advocacy and education. The Council also provides a forum for families to make their concerns, needs and preferences known to the Area Agency and policy makers.

If you would like to attend one of the Council’s monthly meetings or are interested in joining, please contact Family to Family Coordinator Karen McDowell at 581-1544.

Members:  Lynn Hilbrunner, Chairperson  (Sanbornton); Debra Nugent, Vice Chair, (Belmont); Denise Lapierre, State Delegate & Legislative Liaison (Belmont); Joel Fisher, State Delegate (Gilford); Irene Chapman (Campton);  Elliott “Spike” Davis (Holderness);  Patti Gray (Tilton); Cheryl Larose (Gilford); Cindy Sullivan (Laconia); Linda Wallace (Laconia); Michelle Juhasz (Laconia); Kara Murray-Stanley, Denise Gray (Laconia); Shannon Kelly

What Does the Family Support Council Do?

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State Family Support Conference

Engages in the Legislative Process:  Every two years the Family Support Council joins with LRCS to organize a Legislative Meet & Greet, where families talk to candidates for NH’s House and Senate about their lives and the importance of the services they receive. Council members have also testified at the State House regarding the Developmental Services budget and funding for the Waiting List, and they have participated in forums regarding Medicaid Managed Care.

Enhances Communication:  The Council supports the distribution of the Family to Family Connection email newsletter, periodic mailings and frequent Facebook updates by the Family to Family Coordinator.

Promotes Education & Training:  The Council periodically hosts workshops and trainings at little or no cost to families.

Provides Social Opportunities for Families: The Council is committed to increasing social opportunities for adults. Movie or game nights, dances and group cooking classes are just some of the activities that have been or will be available to adults LRCS. The Council also hosts at least one social event for families each year. Past events have included Family Fun Get Togethers at local parks and community centers and a night out at a NH Fisher Cats game. For more a listing of upcoming events, visit: https://www.lrcs.org/category/fsc-events/

Cooking Club participants get hands on instruction on how to prepare a healthy meal, then enjoy dining together in a social setting.

Cooking Club participants get hands on instruction on how to prepare a healthy meal, then enjoy dining together in a social setting.For more information or to suggest a social event, contact Social Activities Coordinator Jen Reera.

Monthly Meetings

The Family Support Council holds regular monthly meetings that are open to anyone who has a family member with a developmental disability or acquired brain disorder, who is served by Lakes Region Community Services. You are welcome, whether you are interested in becoming a member of the Council or just attending a meeting. Meetings are held at the LRCS Main Office in Laconia. Dress is casual and the atmosphere is relaxed. Meeting begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at the beginning of each meeting.

Regular meetings are scheduled on the following days in 2017: 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/12, 5/24, 6/28, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 12/6.

Family to Family Coordinator

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The Family to Family Coordinator works with the Family Support Council and is responsible for initiatives intended to help connect families to one another and resources in the community. These include:

  • Distributing Family to Family Connection, an electronic newsletter for families (sign up here)
  • Planning social activities for families (these have included family picnics, get-togethers at  local community centers and parks, and a family night at a NH Fisher Cats game)
  • Organizing parent education training and workshops (see upcoming trainings)
  • Helping parents who have children with similar needs connect to each other for support and understanding
  • Parent matching through NH Family Ties – http://www.nhfamilyties.org/
  • Providing families with updates on legislation that may impact their loved one with a disability

For more information, contact: Karen McDowell, Family to Family Coordinator & Legislative Liaison 603-524-8811, ext. 1544, karen.mcdowell@lrcs.org

Family Update

Family Support Council bi-monthly newsletter

Current Newsletter Back issues   July / August 2014  May / June 2014 March / April 2014 January / February 2014 November / December 2013 September / October 2013 July / August 2013

Legislative Information & Managed Care

NH General Court’s Web site  (find a legislator, track a bill, look up voting records, view the House and Senate calendars and more!)

Directory of Legislatorsrally

For news and information about Managed Care: Community Support Network Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI) is a not-for-profit organization that works in support of the 10 Area Agencies throughout the state of New Hampshire that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury and their families. CSNI has launched a new page on its web site where families can go for current news and information on NH’s Medicaid Managed Care initiative.

News and information about Medicaid Managed Care in NH is also posted regularly on the LRCS web site.