How One Sky Can Help You

Overview

One Sky Community Services has been bringing valuable assistance and support to those with alternative abilities (developmental disabilities) and/or acquired brain disorders for over 35 years. A private 5013C nonprofit organization, it offers a comprehensive array of support services and life-enhancing activities throughout most of Rockingham County. One Sky works with roughly 1200 individuals on a yearly basis.

Its sole mission is to enable infants, children, adults, and seniors to grow and enhance their abilities to live as independently as possible, as valued and fully participating members in their community of choice. One Sky facilitates planning, funding, and oversight with available community-based services to help clients expand their opportunities and attain their life goals. One Sky is committed to:

  • Helping those make choices for themselves about where they will live, work, and spend time
  • Making use of available resources when possible, creating and maintaining supports and services which are flexible and responsive to the particular needs of a client
  • Assisting the families with necessary supportive means
  • Promoting understanding, acceptance, and support of those with disabilities throughout the 24 communities
  • Fostering a client’s inclusion in community affairs and relationships
  • Cooperatively working with citizens and professionals to realize this important mission
  • Provide services without regard to race, sex, religion, national origin, or political belief

Formerly known as Region VIII Community Developmental Services, One Sky Community Services receives the major portion of its funding from government sources, which is distributed through the State of New Hampshire’s Bureau of Developmental Services all other essential funding is obtained through fundraisers, foundations, community organizations, and individual donors.

How One Sky Can Help You
If you or a member of your family requires the kind of assistance One Sky provides, we can help answer all your questions. It is overwhelming for a family when they first receive the diagnosis and need to learn new systems at each stage of development: early support and services, school systems, adult services including Medicare and Medicaid.  One Sky is there to provide guidance and assistance in navigating the myriad of questions, concerns and choices that need to be made.

The particular conditions of each client, based on age, disability, and family environment will determine the life plan that is developed and implemented. For some they can be short-term and last a number of years, and for others it can last a lifetime.

One Sky can help with:

  • Easing transitions to and from school systems
  • Finding solutions to housing and vocational issues
  • Acquiring new learning skills when necessary
  • Participation in cultural and recreational activities to broaden interests and awareness
  • Finding in-home support services
  • Establishing adaptive modifications to home environments making them safer, healthier, and ensuring easy access
  • Connecting you with other families for mutual support, information, and understanding
  • Respite care to help with short-term relief in caring for a child with a disability, young adult, or elderly parent

Two typical approaches, for individuals and families, may be to select One Sky or an affiliated agency to manage your chosen services. Or you may prefer to take charge and direct the course of services yourself, using One Sky for guidance.

How do I apply for services at One Sky?
If you decide to apply for services at One Sky, an Intake Coordinator will help you through the process. Eligibility criteria and intake processes are different in each of three categories:

  1. Family-Centered Early Supports and Services (ESS)
  2. Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  3. Services for Persons with Acquired Brain Disorders

NOTE: Family Services are available in all three categories. Call the main number to be connected with an Intake Coordinator

Necessary Documents to Have with You When Applying for Benefits:

  • State Driver’s License/State Non-Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Medicaid/Medicare/Medicare D Cards
  • Private Insurance Card
  • Guardianship Documentation
  • Past 4 weeks of Pay Stubs (if working)
  • Proof of all benefits that are already received
  • Proof of application at other agencies
  • All up-to-date bank account statements in your name
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Stocks
  • Savings Bonds
  • Utility Bills
  • Medical Expenses
  • Transportation Expenses
  • All Medical Information History: name, address, phone #s of all your medical doctors, hospitals, agencies, and schools you are receiving services

Benefits Specialist Available at One Sky
One Sky Community Services has a Benefits Specialist available to meet with you to answer   specific questions or help with managing your personal benefits.

  • Please call (603) 436-6111 or 1-800-660-4103

You may also find answers to your questions about benefits at Service Link Resource Center

  • 1-866-634-9412

SERVICES FOR AGES 3 THROUGH 21

One Sky Department of Family Services can assist families with dealing with the rapid changes that occur during these years.  Our services are designed to improve the quality of life for the entire family, maintain each family’s right to identify its own needs, and to direct the supports that are provided. Supports are as varied as the families we serve.

Services and supports include

Service Coordination:  

For families who would benefit from ongoing help and support

In-Home Support Services:

A consumer directed, home-based service provides programs to help children with complex medical and behavioral needs.  Funded by Medicaid and enrollment is limited.

Environmental Modifications:

There are resources and guidance on adaptations to your home environment or vehicle to safeguard accessibility, health improvements, and safety for both the caregiver and the client.

One Sky Family Services Transition Coordinator

Can help deal with the many issues confronting families in this transition, as well as working closely with the school to assure a smooth transition from the school to adult services.

Respite Care

Our One Sky Respite Coordinator can assist with short-term relief for families in need of a rest from the responsibilities of caring for their family member, whether in the home or in the community.  The number of respite hours will vary depending on the complexity level of care for the client.

Families are encouraged to recruit their own providers during this relief period, but One Sky will provide assistance if necessary.  One Sky can also offer linkage to available provider networks.

Limited financial assistance is available and based on a sliding scale.

SERVICES FOR AGE 21 TO SENIOR

One Sky Department of Family Services can assist families with dealing with the rapid changes that occur during these years.  Our services are designed to improve the quality of life for the entire family, maintain each family’s right to identify its own needs, and to direct the supports that are provided. Supports are as varied as the families we serve.

Services and supports include

Service Coordination:  

For families who would benefit from ongoing help and support

In-Home Support Services:

A consumer directed, home-based service provides programs to help children with complex medical and behavioral needs.  Funded by Medicaid and enrollment is limited.

Environmental Modifications:

There are resources and guidance on adaptations to your home environment or vehicle to safeguard accessibility, health improvements, and safety for both the caregiver and the client.

One Sky Family Services Transition Coordinator

Can help deal with the many issues confronting families in this transition, as well as working closely with the school to assure a smooth transition from the school to adult services.

Respite Care

Our One Sky Respite Coordinator can assist with short-term relief for families in need of a rest from the responsibilities of caring for their family member, whether in the home or in the community.  The number of respite hours will vary depending on the complexity level of care for the client.

Families are encouraged to recruit their own providers during this relief period, but One Sky will provide assistance if necessary.  One Sky can also offer linkage to available provider networks.

Limited financial assistance is available and based on a sliding scale.

SERVICES FOR ADULTS LIVING AT HOME

Family Services

Designed to improve the quality of life for the client and family and maintain the family’s right to identify its needs and to direct how supports are provided. Family Services can assist families connect for mutual support, information, and understanding, by creating family matches either locally or by accessing a statewide database. Once the connection is made it is up to the families to decide on how best to support each other.

Family Support Advisory Council

The Council consists of volunteer caregivers from within the communities One Sky serves, who have family members with a wide range of disabilities living at home. They meet monthly to discuss the many issues they and others are confronted with, and offer suggestions, identify, and prioritize support needs, and provide financial assistance and support when needed,

Respite Care

The One Sky Respite Coordinator can assist with short-term relief for families in need of a rest from the responsibilities of caring for their family member, whether in the home or in the community.  The number of respite hours will vary depending on the complexity level of care of the client.

Service Coordination

One Sky Family Services Adult Services Coordinator provides information and referrals to clients and families who would benefit from ongoing support and assistance.

Families are encouraged to recruit their own providers during this relief period, but One Sky will provide assistance if necessary. One Sly can also offer linkage to available provider networks.

Limited financial assistance is available and based on a sliding scale.

SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH ACQUIRED BRAIN DISORDER

Brain injuries can be quite varied, with recovery just as wide-ranging.  It can be complete, or result in a range of impairments, from mild to severe. One Sky Services can assist clients with the best course of recovery to pursue and locate needed supports.

Acquired brain disorder services are intended for New Hampshire residents who incurred brain injuries after the age of 21 and before the age of 60.

There are two types of support services:

  • Working with a time-limited Service Coordinator
  • A comprehensive individualized program – Applicant must qualify for Medicaid and be found eligible by the NH Bureau of Developmental Services for skilled nursing care or specialized inpatient rehab service

 

Participant Directed and Managed Services

For those who receive services through the New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS), have the option of using Participant Directed and Managed Services (PDMS), where the client and family/guardian identify their needs related to the developmental disability/acquired brain disorder, design the services and supports, selects who will provide the services and supports, and decide how the authorized funding will be spent.  This program is an option for those who wish to have more choices, control and responsibility for their BDS-funded services.

Scope of services:

  • Personal care, employment supports, adult education, vocational and leisure activities
  • Environmental and vehicle modifications, and assistive technology
  • Assistance with services to acquire and maintain life skills such as, personal safety, meal preparation, and budgeting
  • Providing services to broaden life experiences through social, artistic, and spiritual expression
  • Respite and family support services to meet the needs of living at home with family

Non-covered services:        (Not funded under PDMS)

  • Custodial care programs that only provide basic welfare
  • Sheltered workshops

Any services not related to required supports because of a client’s developmental disability or acquired brain disorder