Management of Franklin Falls Farm reverting to Community Bridges

FRANKLIN — The care of the 13 long-term developmentally disabled patients at Franklin Falls Farm will shift from the Community Services Council of New Hampshire to Community Bridges — a Concord-based, private non-profit organization providing resources and direct services to individuals and families dealing with development impairments.
Roy Gerstenberger, the executive director of Community Bridges, said the 30 employees at Franklin Falls who are primarily from the Franklin area, will become Community Bridges employees and there won't be any layoffs. Those who were eligible for benefits will get the same benefit package. Community Bridges will lease the property.
Community Services has been operating Franklin Falls as a subcontractor to Community Bridges. Now, Community Bridges will provide the care directly.
Acting Executive Director Kelsea Hale of Community Services said her organization is "winding downs its operations" because it is not longer financially sustainable.
The decision to make the transitions, said Gerstenberger and Hale, was made mutually and both agencies have pledged to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Community Services also operates a residential facility on Hope Avenue that will also transfer to Community Bridges.