DD Waiver Update

This message is from Ellen Pinnes and The Disability Coalition. 


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There are 6,500 people on the waiting list for the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) and wait times have grown to 12 years or more.  With state revenues this year the highest they’ve ever been, it’s time for New Mexico to move people onto the waiver and cut those ridiculously long waits.


In a report issued last summer, the Legislative Finance Committee called for a five-year plan to reduce the DDW waiting list. HB 68, sponsored by Rep. Liz Thomson, responds to that recommendation and directs the Department of Health to move at least 600 people off the waiting list and into waiver services each year for five years.  A total of 3,000 people would be added to the waiver over those five years.  The bill includes a $25 million appropriation to implement this multi-year plan.  The money would be matched with federal Medicaid dollars, for a total of more than $90 million available to add individuals to the waiver (both the traditional DD waiver and Mi Via).  This money would become part of the “base budget” for the department, which means this higher level of funding would be kept up in future years.


HB 68 passed its first committee, House Health & Human Services, unanimously.  But the HB 68 plan won’t be adopted unless the funding is added to the state budget bill, HB 2.   The House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) is working now to put that budget bill together.  We urge you to contact members of HAFC with a simple message:  ask them to include $25 million in HB 2 to the Department of Health for the HB 68 five-year plan to reduce the DD waiver waiting list. 


The most important people to contact are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee, and the members of the subcommittee that will recommend funding levels for the Department of Health:


            Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, HAFC Chair, 986-4316, patricia.lundstrom@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Bobby Gonzales, HAFC Vice Chair, 986-4319, roberto.gonzales@nmlegis.gov


            Sub-Committee members:

            Rep. Rudy Martinez, Sub-Committee Chair, 986-4233, rodolpho.martinez@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Nathan Small, Sub-Committee Vice Chair, 986-4438, nathan.small@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Anthony Allison, 986-4254, anthony.allison@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Cathrynn Brown, 986-4242, c.brown.nm55@gmail.com

            Rep. Randal Crowder, 986-4250, randal.crowder@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Jack Chatfield, 986-4467, jackc@plateautel.net

            Rep. Melanie Stansbury, 986-4336, malanie.stansbury@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Candie Sweetser, 986-4255, candie.sweetser@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Christine Trujillo, 986-4249, christine.trujillo@nmlegis.gov


            Other members of the HAFC, who will also vote on the budget bill:

            Rep. Phelps Anderson, 986-4450, phelps.anderson@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Gail Armstrong, 986-4242, gail@gailfornewmexico.com

            Rep. Paul Bandy, 986-4250, paul@paulbandy.org

            Rep. Harry Garcia, 986-4233, hgarciad69@gmail.com

            Rep. Javier Martinez, 986-4236, javier.martinez@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Tomás Salazar,986-4236, tomas.salazar@nmlegis.gov

            Rep. Joseph Sanchez, 986-4226, joseph.sanchez@nmlegis.gov

Thanks for making the voice of the disability community heard!


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The Disability Coalition is administered by Disability Rights New Mexico and is funded in part by

the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council through Federal Program funding. 

Additional funding is provided by The Arc of New Mexico,

the Independent Living Resource Center, New Vistas and DRNM.


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DDW Unit Monthly Feedback - August

The DDW Unit will be hosting a monthly feedback forum to present and accept feedback on draft chapters of the DD Waiver Services Standards which are planned for reissue in January 2018.  Below is a list of chapters that will be reviewed.  These draft chapters have been posted on the ACT website.  Please go tohttp://www.actnewmexico.org/ddw-renewal.html to review these chapters.  There will be a limited amount of hard copies available at the meeting.  Please download the draft chapters to your mobile device or print copies, if possible.  The Feedback Forum will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Bank of the West, 5301 Central Ave, 17th floor conference room, Albuquerque, NM.  This meeting is intended to take place in person for most effective discussion but a Skype link is available for your convenience as well.



Meeting Date

Time am/pm sessions

Links to Draft Chapters for Review
(NOT based on final Chapter order)


9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Human Rights & Settings Requirements
Person Centered Planning
Individual Service Plan


1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

HealthCare Coordination



à Join Skype Meeting      

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Join by Phone

Toll-free number: 8667575788, access code: 3791533675

Toll number: 7606990922, access code: 3791533675

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Conference ID: 3791533675 (same as access code above)



Electronic Submission of comments is available through August 30, 2017. Please go to the Draft Postings (http://actnewmexico.org/ddw-renewal.html#Schedule ) and click on the survey link to submit your comments.



Please contact Gayla Delgado, the Assistant DDW Program Manager at 476-8915 with any questions.

HSD - Medicaid Information



The Human Services Department (HSD) recently released its draft plan to renew the state’s Medicaid waiver (aka Centennial Care 2.0). The plan includes some alarming changes to Medicaid that will harm patients:


·         Charging new monthly fees with premiums and co-pays for children, the working disabled, and other low-income adults whose income is above the poverty level, that will cause thousands of people to lose coverage;

·         Ending retroactive coverage protection that pays for the past medical bills that a person had in the three months before applying for Medicaid;

·         Checking income every quarter or six months, resulting in coverage loss for people with fluctuating incomes, such as seasonal and part-time workers;

·         Ending a “transitional Medicaid” program that will result in coverage loss for our lowest income families, penalizing them for entering a new job or accepting a raise; and

·         Reducing benefits for very low-income adults with dependent children and giving the HSD secretary broad authority to cut more benefits in the future.

HSD is holding hearings to get feedback on these changes. We need to pack these hearings! Please save the date of these hearing dates/times below and plan to attend at least one and provide comment. Please also share this with your networks, asking them to do the same.


HSD Public Hearings

June 14th – Albuquerque – 3:30-5pm – CNM Workforce Training Center (5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113)

June 19th - Silver City - 4:00 – 6:00 pm - WNMU – GRC Auditorium (1000 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM 88061)

June 21st – Farmington - 4:30 – 6:30 pm - Bonnie Dallas Senior Center (109 E. La Plata St., Farmington, NM 87401)

June 26th – Roswell - 4:30 – 6:30 pm - Roswell Public Library (301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201)


Tribal Consultation Hearing

June 23rd – Albuquerque - 9:00am – noon - Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104)


We will send more talking points later this week regarding HSD’s plan. Should you have questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me.


Abuko D. Estrada

Staff Attorney

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty