New Hampshire Adult Services
Serving Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
We provide services throughout the State of New Hampshire for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities (BDS) and local Area Agencies. We work with the ten Area Agencies throughout the State to provide the following services and supports:
Traditional Shared Living Services
Our Shared Living Services offer individuals the choice to live in their home and community, with their family or in an alternative living residence. Through these services, Shared Living providers work directly with individuals in achieving their independence and goals.
Specialized Shared Living Services
Our Specialized Shared Living program is unique to LifeConnections and serves as an alternative to traditional shared living services and staffed residential service programs. Our program is designed to support individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. This service incorporates residential staff support and embedded clinical services from our Clinical Intervention Support Team.
Clinical Response Team
Our Clinical Response Team (CRT) utilizes a wraparound team-based planning model that is multi-faceted and individualized for individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. Our Clinical Response Team includes an array of professionals with extensive experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders. Our team includes a licensed psychologist, , psychiatrist, registered nurse and a behavior specialist. The team engages the individual, providers, and staff to assess and monitor evolving needs, make recommendations, and create strategies to support the individual in a holistic and person-centered manner.
Community Participation Services
Our Community Participation Services provide opportunities for individuals to participate in activities of their choice in their local communities. We create individualized activities for each person based on their abilities and interests. With support from our DSP’s, individuals have the opportunity to learn about community resources, participate in specialized classes, volunteer and/or work in their community.
Chad is the State Director of NH Shared Living Services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and is on the Board of Directors for the Hooksett Girls Softball League. Prior to joining Becket Family of Services in 2018, Chad held the position of Associate Director of Case Management at Community Bridges. In that role, Chad, served on his local Human Rights Committee, fiscal committee and helped the agency achieve accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).
Currently, as State Director of LifeConnections, Chad ensures the services provided in shared living are person-centered. Chad believes It is important people have control over their lives and get the opportunity to live the life they have envisioned for themselves. Over the years, Chad has served on several state committees to help improve the quality of services in New Hampshire.
Chad lives in Hooksett with his wife and two children. In his spare time, you can find him running at the gym or watching his daughters participate in various activities
Kaitlyn DeMarsico, CTRS/L
Kait is the Director of Behavioral Services for NH’s Shared Living Services. She has a combined 15+ years of experience working with individuals with various support needs, including individuals who are dually diagnosed. Kait’s professional experience includes an eclectic background working in various modalities; from time spent as a Program Director to providing animal assisted therapies to youth and adults with disabilities. Prior to working at LifeConnections, Kait was a behaviorist for a New Hampshire Area Agency providing behavioral services to adults with disabilities.
Kait is a Certified Recreational Therapist and uses this knowledge to provide a holistic and neuro-diverse approach to behaviorism. Kait focuses on proactive strategies and supports that addresses multiple areas of an individual’s life. Kait has experience with and has received trainings regarding trauma-informed care, assistive technologies, sexual education for adults with disabilities, LGBT+ advocacy and education, and sensory-based strategies and supports. Kait holds certifications in Animal Assisted Therapies, Yoga for Children with Special Needs, and is working towards her certification in the Julie Brown Skills System, an adapted DBT program. When not at work, Kait can be found hiking and exploring with her son, enjoying creating art, or relaxing with a great book.
Contact us today:
60 Rogers Street
Manchester NH 03103