Supported Decision Making for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood


Supported Decision Making for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Supported decision making is an alternative to guardianship through which people use friends, family members and professionals to help them understand situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions without the “need” for guardianship. It is an emerging approach to providing decision-making assistance without imposing any long-term legal limitations on rights or personal liberties. (Blanck & Martinis, 2015). This NH Family Voices flyer explores this and outlines the legal tools to support decision-making.

New… Milestone Tracker Mobile App


Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker app. Interactive checklists with photos and videos make tracking milestones easy and fun. The app generates a personalized summary to share, offers tips for encouraging development, and information about what to do if parents ever become concerned about their child’s development.

The new app offers:

  • Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
  • Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
  • Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
  • A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screening

Learn the Signs, Act Early – Find the App here

For more information about Early Identification and Screening go here.

NHFV Autism Connection



The NHFV Autism Connection offers information and resources to families raising children and youth experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Neurodevelopmental (ASD/NDD) and the professionals that serve them. Check it out here.

NHFV Podcast


Medicaid, Home Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (better known as Katie Beckett Medicaid) – Are you trying to figure out what Katie Beckett Medicaid is? Terry Ohlson-Martin and Jenn Pineo talk about eligibility, how Katie Beckett works with other insurances and provide general information to help you understand what Katie Beckett Medicaid is for families in New Hampshire.  Listen here 

Medical Home – Ever wonder what the phrase “Medical Home” means?  In this podcast Sylvia Pelletier talks with Jenn Pineo about what the phrase means, why it’s important for parents of kids with special health care needs and how to know when a medical home is working for your family. Listen here

State Action Plan for ASD/RDD Released

After completing the State Plan action steps needed to be identified. Growing Supports and Services for Autism and other Related Developmental Disabilities, State Action Plan Workbook 2017, represents a unique perspective in the development of action steps. The workbook format allowed for each plan to have a similar outline while being specific to the group that helped to create it. These plans are meant to be fluid documents, being worked on as stakeholders have the ability and funding. Our goal was to have the plans created so they could be worked on as they align with stakeholder group missions or initiatives and the work would continue throughout the state. Some action plans specifically addressed the growing need for cultural and linguistic competence; whether specifically stated or not, it was the intention that all action plans would be culturally and linguistically appropriate. Finally, some areas overlap, in these areas we referenced the over-laps as much as possible. For more information click here.

NH National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS NH)

NH Family Voices (NHFV) and the NH National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS NH) have entered into a partnership of supporting individual and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and the organization’s attention to alcohol and pregnancy education and prevention, while also addressing other substances of abuse known to harm fetal development. Read more on our NOFAS page.