New Mexico: Health & Disability Programs

New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability-NM Technology Assistance Program
The New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) is a program under The New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD). NMTAP offers free services to New Mexicans with disabilities to help them get the assistive technology (AT) services they need. NMTAP is a statewide program designed to increase knowledge of, access to and acquisition of assistive or adaptive technology for anyone with any disability, of any age living anywhere in the state. NMTAP services include device loans, where an individual can borrow a device for 30-60 days to see if the device will meet the needs in an educational, employment and/or community living setting. This service can also be used for training, short term accommodations, and if a user’s device is being repaired. Another service provided is device demonstrations, which allows consumers to compare features and benefits of a particular type of device or category of devices. Demonstrations are for individuals or small groups to assist in making an informed choice on what devices will aid in their independence. NMTAP also offers financial assistance through The San Juan Center for Independence in the form of New Mexico SEED Loans and Access Loan New Mexico. New Mexico SEED Loans stands for Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities and these loans allow disabled entrepreneurs to start their own business or expand on a previously established one. Access Loan New Mexico is a low interest financial loan program which allows individuals with disabilities to purchase AT or make home modifications. Another service that NMTAP provides is device reutilization through Adelante’s “Back in Use” program, which provides gently used computers and durable medical equipment back into the community.  NMTAP also has two satellite offices with one at New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, New Mexico and the other at Western New Mexico University, in Silver City, New Mexico.
The New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)
625 Silver Ave. SW, 100 B
Albuquerque, New Mexico    87102
(505) 841-4464
New Mexico Commission for the Blind
The Commission has developed the following programs and services: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which serve people who are legally blind or who have a condition which will lead to legal blindness; Students in Transition to Employment Program, which provides blind students (from ages 14 to 21) with a monitored employment experience at a wide range of agencies and businesses, as well as activities designed to complement the work experience and reinforce blindness skills; Assistive Technology Services, which provides consumers with screen readers, Braille displays, screen magnification programs, closed circuit televisions, and Braille note takers to meet individualized employment needs;  Emergency Eye Care, which provides emergency eye surgery to eligible residents lacking the resources for the cost of a medical eye emergency; the Business Enterprise Program, which provides employment opportunities for blind people, such as operating food service facilities; NEWSLINE for the Blind, a telephone-based system that allows blind and print impaired people to access a variety of newspapers and publications; Independent Living/Older Blind Services, which enable blind people to live independently in their homes and communities by providing direct services in the home such as training in Braille, travel using a white cane, using public transportation, and personal and home management skills;  Adult Orientation Center, a residential program which provides intensive training in the skills of blindness to equip blind people with the skills needed to become employed or live independently in their homes and communities; and the Deaf-Blind Program, which develops interagency cooperative approaches to strengthen services for the deaf-blind population throughout the state.
Administrative Office:
2905 Rodeo Park Drive East Building 4, Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4479
Toll-free: (888) 513-7968
New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services
This department is comprised of Administrative Services; Adult Protective Services; Aging Network Division, which includes senior centers, congregate meal sites, adult day care programs, volunteer programs, employment program host agencies, Senior Olympics, and the NM Alzheimer’s Association; Consumer and Elder Rights Division, which includes the Ombudsman program and the Aging and Disability Resource Center; Elderly and Disability Services Division, which administers the Disabled & Elderly Waiver program, the Personal Care Option program, the Mi Via self-directed waiver program, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, the GAP program, and the Brain Injury program; the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Community Initiatives, which helps provide access to federal grant funding for New Mexico’s faith-based organizations in need; and the Office of Indian Elder Affairs, which serves American Indian populations and tribal service providers.
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4799
(866) 451-2901 (toll free in New Mexico)
New Mexico Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
CMS serves as a safety net for medical management, payment for medical services, diagnostic studies, and service coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).  CMS is comprised of several programs, including the Family-Infant-Toddler Program (for children from birth to age 3), the Newborn Metabolic Screening Program (mandatory screening for all children born in New Mexico as well as follow-up services for children with identified metabolic and genetic disorders), the Newborn Hearing Screening Program (mandatory for all children born in New Mexico), and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).  CYSHCN provides comprehensive medical care and coordination for children with chronic medical conditions (from birth to 21), who are uninsured or underinsured and ineligible for Medicaid; chronic conditions can include cleft lip and/or palate, congenital heart conditions, asthma, cerebral palsy, diabetes, immune deficiencies, cystic fibrosis, childhood cancer, epilepsy, renal disease, endocrine disorders and rheumatic disease. In addition to specialty care related to their diagnosis, clients with eligible conditions also receive medications, primary care visits, general dental and vision care, and nutrition counseling.
Several health offices across the state
(505) 476-8851
New Mexico Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Bureau, Arthritis Program
This program provides evidence-based physical activity programs such as Enhanced Fitness, and self-management programs such as the Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program and MyCD (Chronic Disease) Program (Living Well Self-Management Program) (available in English and in Spanish).
5301 Central Avenue NE, Suite 800
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 222-8610 or (505) 222-8605
In development

New Mexico Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Bureau, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program includes the Diabetes Advisory Council; Coordinated Approach to Child Health, an evidence-based coordinated school health program that teaches children to identify and adopt healthy eating and physical activity behaviors; and Kitchen Creations, a cooking school for people with diabetes and their families that teaches the importance of a healthy diet and appropriate food choices and helps families manage diabetes through meal planning and healthy food preparation.  The Diabetes Program also includes  community programs such as the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, which supports establishing a network of lifestyle intervention programs to promote moderate weight loss and increased physical activity in people with pre-diabetes, and ABC System Intervention, which encourages the collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients to improve the patients’ clinical outcomes of hemoglobin, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol (ABC) and focuses on patient self-management support and other processes.
810 West San Mateo
Suite 200 E
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-7615
Toll-free 1-888-253-2966

New Mexico Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD)
DDSD includes the Family Infant Toddler Program, which coordinates and manages a statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers (under three) with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities;
Developmental Disabilities Waiver, which is designed to provide services and supports that will allow eligible people with developmental disabilities to participate as active members of their communities; Case Management; Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver; and Clinical Services Bureau, which provides consultation, training and assistive technology support to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their interdisciplinary teams in New Mexico.
810 San Mateo
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502
(505) 476-8973
Toll-free: (877) 696-1472

New Mexico Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD)
BHSD provides adult mental health and substance abuse services, which includes determining the prevalence and impact of mental illness and substance abuse for adults, facilitating comprehensive service planning and statewide behavioral health service access, providing statewide disaster response for people with behavioral health disorders, integrating comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services, functioning as the State Opioid Treatment Authority, and providing homeless service planning and funding.
37 Plaza La Prensa
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-9266
New Mexico Department of Public Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
DVR programs include Access Loans New Mexico, a statewide, low interest loan program that allows a New Mexico resident with a disability to purchase assistive technology or make home modifications; Disability Determination Services for Medicaid; Disability Program Navigator, providing navigators to guide clients with disabilities through the maze of federal, state and community programs that support their successful entry into the workforce; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Focusing on Abilities, which attempts to remove barriers to workers with disabilities; New Mexico Assistive Technology Program, designed to increase access to and funding for assistive technology to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities of all ages; New Mexico Cultivando Habilidades/Cultivating Abilities, the outreach arm for vocational rehabilitation services to migrant and seasonal farm workers with disabilities and their families living with them in the State; New Mexico Reutilization and Acquisition Model Program (NMRAM), which establishes an assistive technology recycling program for New Mexicans with disabilities; New Mexico Seed Loan Program, providing low interest loans to people with disabilities; New Mexico Work Incentive Planning (NMWIP), providing benefits advice to Social Security Administration beneficiaries receiving Social Security Disability Benefits (ages 14-64); Reasonable Accommodation Intervention for Successful Employment, promoting employment of qualified people with disabilities; and Social Security Reimbursement, supporting people with disabilities who want to become employed.
University of New Mexico Assistive Technology Resource Information
Center for Development & Disability
Assistive Technology
2300 Menaul Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107