New Hampshire Adult Services

Serving Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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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.

Management Staff
Chad Alden
State Director

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

email: chad.alden@lifeconnectionsusa.org

Kaitlyn DeMarsico, CTRS/L
Clinical Director

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.

email: kaitlyn.demarsico@lifeconnectionsusa.org

Kelly Main, RN
Nurse Trainer

Kelly is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Trainer in the State of NH and a Certified American Red Cross Instructor.   

While going to Nursing School, she worked full time as a Residential Support Staff in a residential group home. During this time, she realized that she really enjoyed working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Prior to becoming a Nurse Trainer, Kelly worked as a RN on a Skilled Nursing Unit, Director of Nursing at an Ambulatory Surgical Center specializing in pain management, and as an Acute Inpatient Dialysis Nurse.  While these jobs were interesting, Kelly enjoys getting to know her individuals and their teams, forming those relationships, and advocating for our individuals to live their best life. 

In July of 2020 Kelly became the Nurse Trainer for our Communication Matters program, the first residential program in New Hampshire for Deaf individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She is learning American Sign Language and looks forward to helping grow this program to serve as many Deaf IDD individuals as possible.

email: kelly.main@lifeconnectionsusa.org

Sandy Webber, RN
Director of Nursing & Development

Sandy holds a degree in nursing from St. Joseph School of Nursing and is licensed in NH and MA. She has over fifteen years' of experience as a nurse leader in the specialties of medical/ surgical, long-term care, brain injury memory care, hospice, home care, wound care and forensic/medical group care.  She has served as a Nurse Trainer in various human service organizations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as well as individuals with complex medical and behavioral health needs.

 

Sandy has a strong background in behavioral science and is a strong advocate for people with I/DD. Sandy’s passion is in training, consulting and advocacy using a person-centered approach while valuing cultural diversity. She is a Certified Nurse Trainer in New Hampshire, Certified Dementia Care Trainer in New England and a key member of LifeConnections Clinical Response Team.  Sandy has traveled the world, but has settled on beach living, is an avid tennis enthusiast, traveler and loves to organize and decorate.

email: sandy.webber@lifeconnectionsusa.org

Christina Stockin
Communication Matters Manager

Christina is the Manger of our Communication Matters Program serving individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  She is a Sign Language Interpreter with an Associate Degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Sign Language. Christina has several years of experience working with the Deaf Community as well as the human service field.  

 

While working in both environments, it was apparent that New Hampshire was in need of  adequate support services for the Deaf/Deaf Plus Population. In 2019, she presented the idea of the first Residential Home for Deaf individuals in NH, in which individuals would have access to ASL communication and support staff 24/7 to ensure the continuous growth, support, and independence for this population. Christina opened the first staffed home in 2020 and is working on developing additional residential programs bringing quality of life to the individuals who so desperately deserve a chance to live life and to find  their potential. She is proud to be on this journey with an amazing team and the support of my wonderful husband and 3 sons.

email: christina.stockin@lifeconnectionsusa.org

Contact us today:

Address:

60 Rogers Street 

Suite 2

Manchester NH 03103

 

Phone:

(603) 625-8825

Fax:

(603) 625-8875