The Building Bridges Initiative is a national endeavor to promote practice and policy that will create strong partnerships between families, youth, and community. Our members proudly support BBI and are mutually guided by its Joint Resolution to Advance a Statement of Shared Core Principles.
Program Description
The Becket Family of Services’ Shared Living program is an enhanced family care residential service option for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders. Shared Living Providers may be families, individuals or couples supporting individuals in their home providing opportunities to learn new skills, socialize, participate in community activities, develop natural supports, and live a meaningful life in their community.
 
Our careful, thoughtful, and personalized matching process ensures that there is a strong compatibility between each individual and their provider. We strive to achieve an individualized, customized living situation that promotes development of a strong foundation for meaningful and long-lasting relationships. All prospective providers must undergo an extensive background screening process and complete a thorough home assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Providers receive extensive training, case management, and access to an array of supports including: consultative services such as clinical, behavioral and nursing supports, respite, and 24-hour emergency on-call services.
 
Our Shared Living program may include an array of service options tailored to each individual’s needs:
 

Specialized Shared Living Services

Specialized Shared Living is an alternative to the traditional shared living services and staffed residential service programs. It is designed to support individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. This service incorporates residential staff support and embedded clinical services from our Clinical Intervention Support Team.

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Clinical Intervention Support Team Assessment Services

Our Clinical Intervention Support Team Assessment Service utilizes a wraparound team-based planning model that is multi-faceted and individualized for individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. Our Clinical Intervention Support Team includes an array of professionals with extensive experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders. Our team includes a licensed psychologist, physician, psychiatric nurse practitioner, medical nurse practitioner, and a behavior analyst. The team engages the individual, providers, and staff to assess and monitor evolving needs, make recommendations, and create strategies to support the individual in a holistic and person-centered manner.

Community Participation Services

Community Participation Services are specifically tailored to provide individuals the opportunity to participate in integrated community activities. Our Community Integration Specialists assist individuals to increase independence, fulfill personal goals, learn or improve decision-making skills, safety skills and/or social skills. This may include a variety of community-based activities and volunteer opportunities that are inclusive and person-centered.

Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment Services offer assistance to individuals who would like to obtain competitive employment. Our Employment Specialists develop relationships with businesses within local communities and assist individuals in seeking employment in inclusive settings.  Services may include assistance with resume building, job searches, interview skills, training, assistive technology, transportation and development of natural supports. 

Meet The Team
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Jennifer Cordaro is Executive Director of Shared Living Services. She has twenty years’

experience in the areas of business development, advocacy, clinical and program

leadership in the developmental disability, child welfare, and behavioral health fields. Jennifer

served as the Senior Vice President of National Operations for LifeShare Management Group

for fifteen years, where she developed and managed services in six states. She was

instrumental in the development of a cutting- edge crisis response service utilized as an alternative to traditional behavioral health crisis interventions for managed care organizations.

Most recently, Jennifer served as Vice President for Easterseals NH where she managed the

community-based services division. As the Executive Director at Becket, Jen has developed an

innovative array of specialized services for individuals who have intellectual and

developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders, and is working to expand these services

throughout New England. Jen holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the

University of Massachusetts at Boston. She resides in Kensington with her husband and two children.

jennifer.cordaro @ becket.org

Executive Director

Jennifer Cordaro, M.Ed.

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As State Director for Shared Living Services, Chad ensures the services provided are person-

centered. Chad believes It is important that people have control over their lives and have the

opportunity to live the life they envision for themselves. Prior to joining Becket in 2018, Chad,

held the position of Associate Director of Case Management at Community Bridges in NH. In

that role, Chad, served on his local Human Rights Committee, Fiscal Committee, and helped achieve accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). Chad has served on several state committees to improve the quality of services in New Hampshire. He also worked in managed care for many years, and recognizes the importance of building cooperative relationships between the various service structures in order to improve the quality of care and minimize duplication of effort. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and is on the Board of Directors for the Hooksett Girls Softball League. He lives in Hooksett with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, you can find Chad running at the gym or watching his daughters participate in various activities.

chad.alden @ becket.org

State Director (NH)

Chad Alden, BA

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Thomas Vincent serves as Clinical Director for Shared Living Services and Executive Director of Northeast Forensic and Treatment Services in Massachusetts. He has extensive experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring metal illness. Prior to joining Becket, Thomas was Vice President of National Clinical Operations for a major insurance company. He developed and managed a crisis response team that supported individuals with co-occurring disorders. Thomas also served as Director of Outpatient Service for NFI Ambulatory Services in Massachusetts, a mental health/addiction facility, and he is a consultant to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission on individuals with complex clinical pictures.

 

Thomas received his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. He completed the Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certificate Program with Marsh Linehan in 1995. Since that time, he has taught, trained, consulted, and supervised the use of DBT principles and practices across multiple states. Thomas has adapted his DBT approach to several populations which he includes in trainings, supervision as well as the DBT course he has taught at Salem State University for 10+ years. He brings a unique, compassionate, person-centered perspective to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and makes recommendations that have positive, long-lasting effects on the people he serves.

thomas.vincent @ becket.org

Clinical Director

Dr. Thomas Vincent, Psy.D.

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Sandy Webber is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Trainer, and Certified Dementia Capable

Care Trainer. She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Nashua, New Hampshire

and later obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing. Sandy currently is working toward her

Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Nursing at Southern New Hampshire

University. She has a passion for teaching Medication Administration and Health Care

Coordination courses to staff and providers working with individuals who have intellectual

and developmental disabilities. Sandy has traveled to over 27 countries and specializes in

educating others in cultural sensitivity and advocacy.

sandy.webber @ becket.org

Director of Nursing

Sandy Webber, RN

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Laura Smith Emmick is the Physician for Becket’s Shared Living Services. She received her

Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, and

her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cognitive Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.

Laura completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Highland

Hospital where her special interest in patient-centered care lead her to work with patients in

hospice and home care settings. Laura completed a fellowship in Learning, Education, and

Developmental Disabilities at the Golisino Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Laura has extensive experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities

and mental illness. She has worked in a wide variety of healthcare settings including

outpatient, inpatient, and urgent care. Her approach to medicine has always included holistic

patient care. Laura’s experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities

and mental health diagnoses brings a unique and holistic perspective to our wraparound team.

laura.emmick @ becket.org

Physician

Laura Smith Emmick, MD

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