Granite Bay Connections (CONNECTIONS) delivers a variety of support options in close collaboration with the following New Hampshire Area Agencies:
- Region 4: Community Bridges – Concord
- Region 5: Monadnock Developmental Services – Keene
- Region 6: Gateways Community Services – Nashua
- Region 7: Moore Center Services – Manchester
- Region 8: One Sky Community Services – Portsmouth
- Region 10: Community Development Services – Atkinson
CONNECTIONS works with individuals confronting a constellation of challenges including traumatic brain injury, developmental disability, and/or mental illness. Utilizing an amalgamation of whole learning/sensory methodologies, alternative communication strategies, differential reinforcement programming, and active treatment approaches are designed to serve the individual needs of the consumer within the context of an environmentally modified community residence. To foster independence rather than institutionalization, these tailored approaches are actively monitored to support each individual at their peak functioning level. Examples of support services provided by CONNECTIONS include:
- Personal Care and Assistance
- Nursing Supervision and Medication Administration
- Financial Education and Management
- Behavioral Assessment, Regulation, and Intervention
- VocationalDevelopment and Employment
- Family Education and Support
CONNECTIONS serves individuals with “high risk” behaviors who present some danger to themselves or to others. The Agency believes that its mission is to balance the individual’s rights to pursue healthy, pro-social goals with an equal responsibility to become safe members of the community. Each supported individual enjoys the support of a highly trained staff team. These teams support the individual to learn positive ways to contribute first to their home and then ultimately to the greater community. This “stake” or investment becomes the backbone of the program model.
The program model employed by CONNECTIONS utilizes a therapeutic approach (cognitive-behavioral) that is less clinically provocative and more concrete than those employed by traditional “treatment” programs. Individuals referred for placement with CONNECTIONS have often already exhausted the benefits of these “treatment” modalities; and in many cases they have displayed sufficient resistance to negate consideration of a continuation of those methodologies. These individuals have a demonstrated need for active assistance in long-term life maintenance of their presenting issues. Rather than risk creating a veneer of wellness by mistaking compliancefor genuine change, CONNECTIONS encourages inclusion through carefully supervised one-to-one participation in the community.