NH DHHS Announces Event to Highlight Decades of Services For Children and Youth With Special Healthcare Needs

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is inviting families, stakeholders and the public to an event

highlighting the role Special Medical Services (SMS) has played in the

lives of children and youth with special health care needs, and their

families, over the last 75 years. The event will take place Friday, June 1

st, from 3:00pm – 7:00pm and will be held at the McAuliffe-Shepard

Discovery Center in Concord

This will be an opportunity for people to learn more about the evolution of

services from what was originally called the “Crippled Children’s Program”

in 1937 to what is now known as SMS and includes community based specialty

clinics, coordination programs, specialty consultation and more.

SMS has had the privilege of helping to support families in many ways over

the years. One parent whose child was helped by the program shared this

about her experience: “In 1984, my then 2 year old son, had a seizure

disorder, many orthopedic problems, scoliosis, a cardiac issue and feeding

challenges, he needed a multitude of evaluations, consultations and

treatment options. His doctor sent us to Special Medical Services. For

years we had great coordination of services, impeccably kept records and a

coordinator who got to know him and our family. We will be forever grateful

to the many supports Special Medical Services has given us over the years.”

Staff, community partners, families and the public are invited to come

together for this event to reflect on the past and envision the future.

There will be a number of exhibits, as well as a chance to meet with and

talk to other families and providers. In addition SMS will be revealing a

new Strategic Plan identifying Strategic Intentions for 2020.

Registration is not required for this ‘Open House’. Light Refreshments will

be offered and attendees will be able to access the Discovery Center’s


For more information please contact Brenda Johnson at

brenda.johnson@dhhs.state.nh.us or call 1-800-852-3345, extension 4488.