NH Disability Benefits & Employment News

January - February 2014

Benefits Services Coming to Your Region

Welcome to our new partners in 2014

Welcome to our latest partner, Gateways Community Services in Nashua.  Gateways is going to be taking full advantage of GSIL’s disability benefits and work incentives expertise to further help the people they serve gain and increase their employment.

The people that Gateways serves, their families, Service Coordinators, vendors and the high schools in their region will all have access to critical Technical Assistance, Trainings, and Employment Benefits Services.  The fears and myths experienced with disability benefits “Will my SSI be reduced?... Will I lose my Medicaid?… I can only work part-time!” will no longer be barriers to employment success in their region.  We look forward to a great year ahead supporting Gateways and their network with these important employment services.

Some of our other partners throughout New Hampshire that have been benefiting from these GSIL Financial Planning for Employment and Benefits Services are Lakes Region Community Services  based out of Laconia and Plymouth and Community Partners based out of Dover.

Lakes Region Community Services has been focusing on Technical Assistance and Trainings for families and staff with main concerns relating to managing SSI reductions and medical coverage (Medicaid and Medicare).  Community Partners has had an initial focus on Technical Assistance for Medicaid Billing and Cost of Care and Spend-Down case reviews.  We look forward to continuing our partnerships and making further progress over the next year.

Whether you’re a person with a disability, a family member, or work at a supporting agency or school it is critical to understand and have the support needed to manage disability benefits appropriately to maximize employment opportunities.  To find out how you can access these critical Financial Planning & Benefits Services in your region please email us at  You can also learn more about how GSIL’s Financial Planning for Employment & Benefits Services can meet your needs here:

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Resource Videos Now Available!

Get disability benefits & employment information when you need it

Over the past several months we have been hard at work to create a series of useful videos on Work Incentives and Disability Benefits related to employment.  So, we are happy to unveil 3 video series tailored to your specific situation and needs:

1. Disability Benefits & Employment Information for NH Students with Disabilities, Their Families and School Professionals

2. Disability Benefits & Employment Information for NH Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

3. Disability Benefits & Employment Information for NH Employment & Disability Professionals

We encourage you to share these videos with your network of families, people you support and peers.  Please also link to them or embed them in your newsletters and websites.  We will be working to keep these videos updated with the most accurate information.  Please email us any feedback on the videos at  Your input is very important to us, so we can create the most useful resources for you and your specific needs.

How to get help...
Our team provides benefits services statewide:
  • Keri Harrington, Director - statewide
  • Kathy LaBarre - Keene, Lakes Region, Concord
  • Doug Matey - North Country
  • Michele Lapierre - Manchester
  • Angela Haynes - Seacoast
  • Lillian Hebert - Keene, Lakes Region, Concord, Nashua
Contact us at or call us on our Benefits and MEAD Hotline at 1-877-809-7028.
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