Happy New Year! I received your voicemail and I thank you for your return call. I wanted to get some information out to you about the UNM Continuum of Care and the work we do on behalf of individuals who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our website can be found at: https://coc.unm.edu/.
The Continuum of Care supports a number of clinics that are available to anyone with I/DD having a variety of funding sources (i.e. MCO, private insurance, Waiver programs) for care and support. In some instances, some of the clinics we are affiliated with are free. Clinics include the Adult Cerebral Palsy (CP) Clinic, the Ketogenic Diet Clinic and the DD/MI Clinic. Continuum also collaborates with the UNM Special Needs Clinic and the Transdisciplinary Evaluation and Supports Clinic (TEASC) serving those with complex I/DD and medical needs. The latter two clinics are supported by an interdisciplinary team who communicates any recommendations/suggestions to a patient’s established medical professionals, community supports etc...
The Continuum of Care also provides a number of free community trainings for organizations working with individuals with I/DD including but not limited to trainings on seizures/epilepsy, ketogenic diet, end of life issues, healthcare decision making (power of attorney, guardianship, surrogates) and how to help individuals/families make the most of their doctor visits. Additionally, the Continuum of Care offers a number of trainings during the fiscal year with free state approved continuing education credits for NM licensed social workers and nurses. The expectation to register for these trainings is that social workers and nurses attending the trainings are working with individuals having I/DD as all trainings are geared toward this population. These trainings are typically advertised on the Continuum website about 30 days in advance of the trainings. Space is limited so we encourage people to register early. Family members, guardians and care givers of individuals with I/DD can also attend these trainings.
In addition to clinics and trainings, the Continuum also maintains a wheelchair accessible scale for adults living in the community with I/DD to access for free.
I greatly appreciate your time in sharing this information with your organization. I would be happy to attend any meetings or gatherings your organization may have in order to provide information about the Continuum of Care along with a number of brochures to help address our role as a resource and support for the community. Additionally, if you would like to be added to the training flyer email distribution list for future trainings, please let me know.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or if I can provide further information. Thank you, Christine
UNM Continuum of Care