New Hampshire Youth Development Center Claims Administration and Settlement Fund
John T. Broderick, Jr., Administrator

About the New Hampshire Youth Development Center Claims Administration and Settlement Fund:

On May 27, 2022 the N.H. Legislature adopted RSA 21 M:11-a, establishing the Youth Development Center Claims Administration and Settlement Fund to compensate any living person who may have been sexually abused and or physically abused by or because of a YDC staff member while they were a resident at a youth development center (YDC) in New Hampshire or its renamed or successor entity and any predecessor entity performing the function of housing adjudicated delinquent or pre-adjudication detained youth, including the State Industrial School, the Philbrook School, the Tobey Special Education School, and the Youth Services Center. The state’s express statutory purpose in establishing the fund and the administrative process is to create a trauma-informed, victimcentered alternative to litigation for the efficient and fair administration of claims.

Any former resident of a New Hampshire youth development center who was personally subjected to sexual abuse and or physical abuse may file an administrative claim. Participation by a former YDC resident in the administrative claims process is voluntary and any former YDC resident who elects not to participate retains the right to pursue a claim in a judicial or other forum.

Claims Process

All claims must be filed with the Administrator of the Office of the YDC Claims and Settlement Fund by mail, e-mail, fax, or hand-delivery at the addresses provided in the Claim Packet Instructions and on this webpage.

Claims process associated documents

Deadline for filing a claim:

Administrative claims may be filed beginning January 1, 2023. To be accepted and reviewed, your claim must be postmarked or submitted and received no later than December 31, 2024. All claims must be filed with the Administrator of the Office of the YDC Claims and Settlement Fund by mail, e-mail, fax, or hand-delivery at the addresses provided in the Claim Packet Instructions and on this webpage.

To Request Assistance in completing and submitting your claim.

If you do not have an attorney and are having trouble completing your forms, help is available. Please contact the Office of the Administrator for quick answers or to be connected with a volunteer who can assist you. Contact information is: Office of the Administrator: 603-415-2136 or email us at claims@ydcclaims.nh.gov. In addition, check below under Resources for a list of attorneys willing to consult with a former YDC resident concerning their decision to file a claim.

Legal Notice –Advice of Counsel

Legal Notice –Advice of Counsel

If you are unsure whether or not to submit a claim or to participate in the Claim Process, you should consult with an attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Office of the Administrator, or check below under Resources for a list of attorneys willing to consult with Former YDC Residents concerning their decision to file a claim.

Resources

Resources

Coming soon: List of Volunteer attorneys willing to assist former YDC residents. 


Coming soon: ​​​​​​​List of structured settlement specialists willing to work with a claimant.

RSA 21 M:11-a, establishing the Youth Development Center Claims Administration and Settlement Fund List of trained victim advocates who are willing to assist claimants

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Important Notice:

Important Notice:

Making a claim may be emotionally difficult. If you are experiencing distress and want to talk, please contact:

New Hampshire 211:
Calling from inside the State of New Hampshire: Dial “211”
From Outside the State: 1-866-444-4211

Coming soon: a list of trained victim advocates who are willing to assist claimants.