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Developmental Disabilities Supports Division

Attention!

The Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) is moving to the Health Care Authority (HCA). Our current webpages have moved to the Official HCA Website. Please go there for all future DDSD updates.

The Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) oversees four home and community based Medicaid waiver programs. These include the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (Traditional Waiver), the Medically Fragile Waiver (Traditional Waiver), Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver and the Supports Waiver. The (DDSD) Intake and Eligibility Bureau manages the Central Registry for individuals applying for and waiting for services. DDSD also provides several State General Funded Services.

Core Values

Mission and Vision:

To serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing a comprehensive system of person centered community supports so that individuals live the lives they prefer, where they are respected, empowered, and free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Guiding Principles:

To act with:

  • Accountability
    • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and honor commitments to each other and persons supported by our waiver programs.
  • Collaboration
    • Partner with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, internal and external stakeholders to share expertise and ideas to work toward common goals.
  • Respect
    • Appreciate the dignity, knowledge, and contributions of all persons.
  • Transparency
    • Promote trust through clear and direct communication with internal and external stakeholders

To be:

  • Person Centered
    • Cultivate a safe and trusted system that is designed around individual needs.
  • Proactive
    • Identify and address risks before they become issues. Prevent isolated issues from becoming systemic.
  • Innovative
    • Implement creative solutions that anticipate individuals' evolving needs.
  • Inclusive
    • Work with providers and educate communities in providing services that meet individuals where they are.

Rate Study and Provider Capacity Assessment


CMS Settings Requirements and Know Your Rights Campaign

On January 16, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule addressing new settings and person centered planning requirements for governing the 1915 (c) HCBS waiver programs. The intent of the CMS Final Rule is to ensure that people receiving long-term services and supports through the 1915 (c) HCBS waiver programs under Medicaid authority, have maximum independence and choice, have full access to benefits of community living, and can receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate. The HCBS setting requirements focus on the nature and quality of individual experiences. All HCBS settings (residential and non-residential) must:

be integrated in and facilitate full access to the greater community;

ensure the person receives services in the community to the same degree of access as people not receiving Medicaid HCBS services;

maximize independence in making life choices;

be chosen by the person (in consultation with the guardian if applicable) from all available residential and day options, including non-disability specific settings;

ensure the right to privacy, dignity, respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint;

optimize individual initiative, autonomy, and independence in making life choices;

provide an opportunity to seek competitive employment;

provide people an option to choose a private unit in a residential setting; and

facilitate choice of services and who provides the services.

For more information on compliance with the settings requirements please see :

The DDSD has incorporated requirements in each waivers service standards and in the provider enrollment initial and renewal applications.


The DDSD has also partnered with the DDC, NM Allies for Advocacy, providers and other advocacy organizations to host Town Halls around the state initially as part of a Know Your Rights Campaign. Later building off of that initial campaign, an Advocate Rights and Responsibilities Campaign grew. The campaigns have included interactive presentations with stories of advocacy, responsibility and success from Waiver participants as well as discussion and conversation with the audience.

Resources

Access Rule (Coming Soon)


Learn More

Please see DDSD Acronyms and DDSD Master List of Definitions documents for references to common acronyms, abbreviations and definitions used throughout many sections of this website.

Need DDSD Assistance?

DDSD created the Regional Offices Request for Assistance RORA, system to promote communication with external and internal partners and to provide a forum for raising concerns to DDSD. DDSD will review all submitted RORAs in a timely fashion then strategically employ assistance as necessary.


Reporting Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Visit our Reporting Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation Page, to make a report.


Upcoming Events

Mi Via Advisory Committee Mi Via Advisory Committee - Public Meeting Thursday July 25 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Web Conferencing
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The Mi Via Advisory Committee will meet approximately four times per year, with the location to be determined and announced prior to each meeting. Meetings will be at least two hours in length and can be attended in-person or by phone.

Mi Via Advisory Committee Mi Via Advisory Committee - Public Meeting Thursday October 24 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Web Conferencing
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The Mi Via Advisory Committee will meet approximately four times per year, with the location to be determined and announced prior to each meeting. Meetings will be at least two hours in length and can be attended in-person or by phone.


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