Read DRNM's Pre-Legislative Report here.
The Policy & Legislative Action Network (PLAN) is a group of individuals concerned with disability-related issues in New Mexico. We strive to positively influence policy that impacts the disability community.
The PLAN is administered by Disability Rights New Mexico and The Disability Coalition.
Read DRNM's Pre-Legislative Report here.
Save the Date for our annual Pre-Legislative Forum! Saturday, January 7th at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque.
The Special Session of the NM state legislature ended last week. For a wrap up on the session and its impact on individuals with disabilities, see DRNM's Legislative Report.
NM Policy and Legislative Action Network
Read the New Mexico Voter Bill of Rights below.
Read the New Mexico Voter Bill of Rights below.
Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in New Mexico (Tuesday, October 11th by 5pm). See below for information on how and where to register.
The Secretary of State is pleased to announce the launch of online voter registration. Eligible New Mexico citizens can now update their existing registration or register for the first time anywhere they can get online. All you need is a state-issued I.D.
DRNM is seeking public input on our priorities. Join us on August 18th in Farmington from 1-3 p.m. Click below for a flyer and directions.
DRNM is seeking public input on our priorities. Join us on August 18th in Taos from 1-3 p.m. Click below for a flyer and directionshttp://www.drnm.org/uploads/PDFs/Public%20forum%20Taos%202016.pdf
DRNM is seeking public input on our priorities. Join us on August 18th in Gallup from 1-3 p.m. Click below for a flyer and directions.
State/Public Disability Agencies
Non Profit Agencies
This is an informative video by Disability Rights New Mexico about the federal rights of voters with disabilities.
This is a great story about people bridging the awkward gap between school and transitioning into the work force.
A nearly 130-year-old clothier that counts President Barack Obama as a client is among a growing crop of employers retooling to incorporate a greatly underutilized segment of the workforce.
Tune into KUNM on Sunday 6/12/16 at 7pm to hear DRNM's Nancy Koenigsberg talk about access to mental health for children in New Mexico.
Is your child getting all the behavioral health services
that he or she is entitled to under Centennial Care?
Has your child been denied or put on a wait list for:
Outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services
Day treatment services
Comprehensive Community Support Services
Case Management services
Behavior management services
Treatment in non-accredited residential treatment centers or group homes
Hospital inpatient/outpatient services
Intensive outpatient services
Treatment in an accredited Residential Treatment Center
Treatment Foster Care
Children and youth under age 21 who receive Centennial Care benefits are entitled to health screenings and the above services, as needed, under federal law. If you need help accessing these services, Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) may be able to assist you. Call 1-800-432-4682 or 505-256-3100 to speak with an advocate, or email DRNM at [email protected].
If you are experiencing problems accessing Medicaid funded behavioral healthcare for yourself or your child, Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) may be able to help.
• Have you been told that you do not qualify to receive behavioral health services such as substance abuse or mental health counseling, comprehensive community support, or psychosocial rehabilitation?
• Have your counseling sessions been shortened?
• Have you been put on a waiting list?
• Has your child been denied needed residential care?
• Are the services you need not available in your community?
If you have had trouble getting the behavioral health services you need or you are the parent or guardian of someone having trouble getting needed behavioral health services, call DRNM at 505-256-3100 or 1-800-432-4682 or email DRNM at [email protected].
Community Forum in Roswell, 4/5/16
The Disability Coalition, Disability Rights New Mexico and CHOICES Independent Living Center invite you to join us for a community forum in Roswell on Tuesday, April 5.
There have been lots of changes to services for people with disabilities such as Medicaid waivers, long-term services in Medicaid Centennial Care, and behavioral health – and more are coming. The recent legislative session resulted in new laws of interest to people with disabilities – and less money for disability programs due to falling state revenues from lower oil and gas prices. Cuts are being planned for Medicaid that will affect both consumers and providers. On the plus side, ABLE accounts will allow individuals with disabilities to save money in tax-free accounts without losing eligibility for programs like SSI and Medicaid.
Join us to:
§ learn about program changes and how they may affect you
§ learn about the outcomes of the 2016 session of the New Mexico Legislature
§ tell us how services are working for you and how they can be improved
§ learn how you can give feedback to policy-makers as changes are implemented.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 2:00 to 4:00 pm
The Roswell Adult Center – Room 29
807 N. Missouri Avenue, Roswell
No charge to attend – Refreshments will be served.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. And if you’re in the Roswell area, please join us on April 5th!
Encourage Gov. Martinez to sign SB 36
The legislature this year passed a bill requiring the Department of Health to issue an annual report on the DD waiver and the waiting list for that program. The report would include a projection of how much new money would need to be added to the program over a five year period to reduce the waiting time from the current 10 years to a more reasonable three year wait. Now, it’s up to the governor to sign or veto the bill, and she has to decide by Thursday.
We believe that the information contained in this annual report would be helpful to legislators each year in determining how much new money should be put into the DD waiver to address the needs of individuals and families on the waiting list. If you agree, we encourage you to contact the governor. Your message might include:
• Your name and the city or county you live in
• Encourage the governor to sign SB 36
• Note that this is a bi-partisan bill that passed unanimously and simply requires the Department of Health to issue an annual report on the DD waiver and the waiting list for the waiver. It doesn’t commit DOH to ask for new money or the legislature to appropriate new money
• The report will aid legislators in determining the right budget level for the program and the waiting list each year, taking into account available resources
How to leave a message for Governor Susana Martinez:
Email: log on to her website (governor.state.nm.us.), click on "Contact and Constituent Services" at the top of the page and then click on "Contact the governor". This will bring up a form to fill out with your message; click on “send” to deliver your message.
Action Alert- February 10, 2016
Give feedback on Long-Term Care services under Centennial Care
ALERT: OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO LONG TERM SERVICES IN CENTENNIAL CARE
The Human Services Department is revising its Centennial Care Policy Manual and is inviting public comment on the Manual. This is an opportunity for the disability community to make suggestions to improve access to Medicaid-funded long-term services.
Disability Rights NM has reviewed the proposed changes and encourages you to provide comments to HSD. A few key issues, and suggestions for comments, are identified below.
Deadline for comments: 5 pm, Wednesday, February 10
How to make comments:
• Email your comments to [email protected]
• Call HSD and leave a voicemail message, using this phone number: 505-827-1337
Issues and Suggested Comments:
Section 4 - Care Coordination
Individuals with serious disabilities are supposed to have access to a wide range of community-based supports and services in Centennial Care. However, the needs assessment conducted by the Managed Care Organizations does not consider a person’s need for many of these services. The result is that few if any individuals receive some of the services that should be available to them, including long-term therapies, assisted living, and employment assistance. Participants are often unaware of all services available, and aren’t given information on how to request them.
• The Manual’s Care Coordination section should be amended to require that the Comprehensive Needs Assessment consider an individual’s possible need for all services available as part of the Community Benefit in Centennial Care.
• The Manual should require that a copy of the completed assessment be provided to the individual, with an explanation of the services approved or denied and how the resulting budget or service plan was determined.
• The participant should be told how to request services that he or she believes are needed but that have not been included in the annual service plan.
Section 9 -- Self-Directed Community Benefit
New provisions in this section would not permit fees or memberships as an allowable expense in a person’s self-directed service plan and budget, and would prohibit coverage of goods or services that are considered primarily recreational or “diversional”, such as movies, plays, sporting events etc. These limitations ignore the value of such events in promoting an individual’s integration in the community, the therapeutic value of social interactions, and other benefits. A self-directed service plan should be based on a person’s individual needs within their individualized budget.
Recommended comment: The SDCB section of the Manual should not prohibit inclusion of memberships, fees and social or recreational activities that promote community inclusion and social interaction in an individual’s budget and service plan.
Legislative Action Alert - February 9, 2016
Restraints & seclusion bill in Education Committee
HB 190, which would limit use of restraints and seclusion in public schools, is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith of Albuquerque, would bar using seclusion or restraints except in emergency situations -- and prohibit including such measures as planned interventions in an IEP.
If this issue is important to you, we encourage you to contact members of the Education Committee and ask them to support the bill. Here's a list of committee members with their office phone numbers at the Capitol and their email addresses.
Rep. Nora Espinoza, Chair - 986-4852, [email protected]
Rep. Dennis Roch, Deputy Chair - 986-4341, [email protected]
Rep. Monica Youngblood, Vice Chair - 986-4242, [email protected]
Rep. Alonzo Baldonado - 986-4774, [email protected]
Rep. Jim Dines - 986-4242 (or 505-400-8316), [email protected]
Rep. Jimmie Hall - 986-4320, [email protected]
Rep. D. Wonda Johnson - 986-4435, [email protected]
Rep. Bill Rehm - 986-4425, [email protected]
Rep. Andres Romero - 986-4336, [email protected]
Rep. Tomas Salazar - 986-4432, [email protected]
Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton - 986-4757, [email protected]
Rep. Christine Trujillo - 986-4255, [email protected]
Thanks for making the voice of the disability community heard!
Monday, February 8 is Occupational Therapy Advocacy Day at the Capitol!
Join disability advocates this week in the Rotunda:
February 1- Deaf-Blind Awareness Day
February 5- Speech and Hearing Day
February 6- Justice for All Day
Join disability advocates at the Capitol Rotunda!
January 30- Behavioral Health Day
February 1 - Deaf-Blind Awareness Day
Here's our Legislative Update from the first week of the session:
Join us for the Pre-Legislative Forum this Saturday, January 9 at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque! Registration information here:http://www.drnm.org/uploads/PDFs/2016%20Pre%20Legislative%20Forum.pdf
This video was created to educate people about early intervention and transition.
The following is an informational video about Service Animals.
The following is an informational guide about the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Join us Monday August 3rd for eight Assistive Technology (AT) workshops at CNM Workforce Training Center.
"The U.S. Department of Justice and at least four inspectors general are investigating the federal government’s AbilityOne program and SourceAmerica, a nonprofit that manages the employment efforts, according to a CNN investigation."
A program that distributes billions in federal dollars each year to secure work for people with disabilities is accused of failing at its very mission amid allegations of corruption and fraud.
Beginning August 2015, the Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Supports Division will conduct presentations of the Mi Via Self Directed Waiver Services Standards for purposes of general information and to go over revisions to the current Standards in response to new rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In an effort to accommodate availability for attendance, there will be two presentations offered; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
Presentations will be held in Gallup, Farmington, Taos, Santa Fe, Roswell, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque. These presentations are open to all Mi Via participants/families/guardians, Employers of Record, vendors, employees, stakeholders, and other interested parties. Please be advised that there will be seating limitations, seating is on a first come first served basis. Additional sessions may be scheduled as needed.
Presentations dates, times, and locations are below:
Northwest Region (Gallup and Farmington)
August 17th in Gallup for 9:30am - 12pm and 1pm - 3:30pm Lighthouse Church 2045 Westview St. Gallup, NM 87301
August 18th in Farmington for 9am -11:30am and 1pm -3:30pm DDSD/PHD Office 355 South Miller Farmington, NM 87401
Northeast Region (Taos and Santa Fe)
August 26th in Taos for 9:30am - 12pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm Kit Carson Electric Conference Room 118 Cruz Alta, Taos, NM 87571
September 28th in Santa Fe for 9:30am -12pm and 1pm -3:30pm SPO Auditorium, 2600 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe, NM 87505
Southeast Region (Roswell)
September 14th in Roswell for 9:30 - 12pm and 1pm - 3:30pm NM DOT Training Academy 132 Earl Cummings Loop Roswell, NM 88203
Southwest Region (Las Cruces)
September 15th in Las Cruces for 9am -11:30am and 1pm - 3:30pm Branigan library 200 E. Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001
Metro Region (Albuquerque)
September 29th in Albuquerque 9am -11:30am and 1pm - 3:30pm DDSD/Metro Conference Room 5301 Central NE Suite 1700 Albuquerque, NM 87108
Mi Via Contact Information: Phone: 1-866-916-0310 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon. - Fri. Toll-free Fax: 1-866-302-6787 E-mail: [email protected] Web: http://www.MiViaNM.org Physical Address: 1720-A Randolph Rd SE Albuquerque, NM 87106
A sixteen year old boy's letter lead to athletic wear giant Nike creating shoes for people with special needs.
Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities.
3916 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE
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