How we operate …


Cedarcrest, Inc. (doing business as Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities) is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of New Hampshire.  

Our Board of Trustees has governance authority in matters of the Center’s mission, strategic direction, and policy, and fiduciary responsibility for the Center’s investments, property, and financial sustainability.

Our Advisory Council links Cedarcrest Center with professional and social communities across New Hampshire and beyond.  Their role is to provide external perspective as well as advocacy and support for the Center’s mission, strategic direction and programs.


Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities is licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and is recognized as a provider of skilled nursing and outpatient therapy services.

Cedarcrest Center is also certified by the New Hampshire Department of Health, Division of Children, Youth and Families.

Cedarcrest School is recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Education as an approved special education provider for both residential and day students.


Children with complex medical and developmental needs count on an array of advocates to help ensure that they receive appropriate medical, therapy and educational services, specialized equipment, and the highest quality of life possible.  At Cedarcrest Center we work with a number of agencies who advocate on behalf of the children in our care:

  • Special Medical Services (NH Department of Health & Human Services)
  • New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Bureau of Developmental Services (NH Department of Health & Human Services)
  • New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Area agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Local school districts (in children’s home communities)

Specialty providers from Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) in Lebanon, New Hampshire’s Hospital for Children (Elliot Healthcare Systems) in Manchester, Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts New England Medical Center partner with us to meet the unique needs of children at Cedarcrest Center.

We work with a number of professional and advocacy organizations to help us support the families of the children in our care, to promote best practices, and to ensure that important services will continue to be available into the future.


In early 2009, as part of Cedarcrest Center’s periodic strategic planning, we engaged more than 60 individuals representing a broad cross-section of our key stakeholders in a process known as strategic positioning.  The resulting Strategic Plan 2009-2012 was approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees in July 2009. In early 2013 the governance committee of the Board of Trustees and senior management at the Center updated our key strategic initiatives based on internal services data and information collected through the Center’s periodic community needs assessment. In July 2013, the Board of Trustees approved the Strategic Plan 2013-2016.


In partnership with healthcare providers and private citizens across the state of New Hampshire, Cedarcrest Center works to identify healthcare issues of particular concern to our community and state related to the needs of children with complex medical and developmental needs.

Pursuant to New Hampshire law (RSA 7:32-e), we document ways in which we are addressing identified needs in an annual Community Benefits Report which we make publicly available.