Innovations in Employment Supports: New Hampshire's State Division of Developmental Services

Between 1988 and 2001, New Hampshire's Division of Developmental Services transformed the state's day and employment services from a facility-based model, with 61% of individuals supported in sheltered workshops or facility- based day habilitation programs, to an inclusion model that supports 94% of its individuals in the community. Fifty- four percent of the individuals served work for at least part of their week in integrated employment.Two things are striking. First, stakeholders in the state are firm about their commitment to the broad value of community inclusion, with employment as a principal vehicle for achieving that goal. Second, stakeholders are clear that much remains to be done, expressing concerns about both individuals who are not currently working and the quality of the outcomes for individuals who are working.

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