When, more than two decades ago, New Hampshire took the necessary and bold step of closing its institution for people with developmental disabilities, and helping individuals move back into community life, The Institute of Professional Practice was an instrumental part of that undertaking. We teamed with family members, state officials and other organizations dedicated to seeing that individuals could create for themselves meaningful lives, with the comforts of home, connections with friends, and ways to work, volunteer and contribute to community life.

Back then, The Institute offered day and residential services to many who had lived at the Laconia State School. In the process, staff honed their skills at helping individuals with challenging behaviors and complex medical needs live successfully in their local neighborhoods, often close to their families.