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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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Jun 24, 2019

Update on notice from DOH regarding individuals on the wait list for DD and Mi Via waivers.

DDSD has made multiple attempts to contact individuals in the allocation group.  Unfortunately, there are a significant number of individuals in each region that have not responded. 

Individuals with DD Waiver registration dates prior to the following dates, should contact DOH Intake & Eligibility as quickly as possible, at the numbers listed below:

Current Allocation Dates, Quadrants, and Contacts:
Metro - 05/26/2006
Kathryn Lesarlley - (505) 841-5522
Micky Carino - (505) 222-6699

Northeast - 08/23/2006
Renee Valerio - (575)758-5934

Northwest - 10/03/2006
Cheryle Anderson - (505) 863-9937, ext. 107

Southeast - 02/07/2008
Elizabeth Duran - (575) 624-6100, ext. 113
Mario Quezada - (575) 624-6100, ext. 115

Southwest - 12/12/2006
Bernice Rivera - (575) 528-5195
Nicole Hernandez - (575) 528-5181

Jun 13, 2019

The New Mexico legislature provided additional funds for the Department of Health (DOH) to move 355 people off the wait list into Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) services.  The DOH is now having trouble finding many of the people to be allocated onto the DDW, some of whom have been waiting for over 13 years.  If anyone knows of people who may have applied for the DDW from the following regions before these corresponding dates, please have them contact DOH Intake & Eligibility at 505-841-5552:​

Metro

5/26/2006

Northeast

8/23/2006

Northwest

10/3/2006

Southeast

2/7/2008

Southwest

12/12/2006

Sep 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Foster Youth File Lawsuit to Address Harm Inflicted by New Mexico's Broken Foster Care System.

Plaintiffs seek creation of a child welfare welfare system that ensures access to critical services and expertise capable of accommodating children coping with complex trauma.

Today 13 children who are in the foster care system filed Kevin S. v. Jacobson in federal district court in New Mexico.  They are joined by protection and advocacy organizations Disability Rights New Mexico and Native American Disability Law Center.  The plaintiffs are asking the State of New Mexico to fulfill its legal obligation to provide the state's 4,700 foster children with the essential care and stability that they need to grow and thrive.  To read more on this, please click here.

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