Disability Rights New Mexico - DRNM - is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. We are the designated protection and advocacy program for New Mexico, and as such we have authority under federal law to pursue legal, administrative and other remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities.


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Apr 12, 2018

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) will meet on April 20, 2018, at the DRNM office at 3916 Juan Tabo Blvd., NE, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  DRNM is not covered by the state Open Meetings Act, but the convening of the meeting will be open to the public.

The agenda for this meeting does not include any discussion and/or action item related to DRNM services funded by the City of Albuquerque.  Once the meeting is convened in open session, it is anticipated that the meeting then will be closed to the public, pursuant to DRNM's bylaws.

If you need a disability-related accommodation in order to attend the public portion of this meeting, such as a sign language interpreter, please contact DRNM at 505-256-3100.

Feb 26, 2018

Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is pleased to announce the hiring of Gary Housepian as our new Chief Executive Officer, as of April 2, 2018. Gary will succeed Jim Jackson, who is retiring as of March 31.  “We are very pleased that Gary will be leading DRNM,” said Jeanne Hamrick, DRNM Board President. “We are fortunate to have Gary, a committed leader with great vision and passion to serve the disability rights community, come to the Land of Enchantment.”  Click here for the full announcement.

Gary Housepian (Gary's last name is pronounced "how-SEP-ee-en")
Feb 23, 2018

In litigation filed recently in state district court in Santa Fe, Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is seeking a court order requiring the Department of Health (DoH) to license boarding homes, which often serve persons with mental illness or other disabilities but are currently unregulated.  For decades, the state of New Mexico had licensing regulations and requirements in place for boarding homes, but several years ago DoH unilaterally scrapped them.  DRNM has obtained a temporary order and will seek to make the order permanent, in which case DoH would have to promptly establish and implement licensure requirements.  DRNM on-site visits, our death investigation a few years ago, numerous complaints we have received from residents and guardians, and a series of reports published in the Albuquerque Journal have all raised serious concerns about the conditions in many of these homes.

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