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Disability Rights New Mexico – DRNM - is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. We are the designated protection and advocacy program for New Mexico, and as such we have authority under federal law to pursue legal, administrative and other remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities.
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Oct 7, 2015
Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) has adopted its priorities for the year starting October 1, 2015. This is a list of the issues that the agency plans to address and the kinds of individual cases it will accept this year. Thanks to those of you who provided input and suggestions. To see this year's priorities, click here.
Sep 24, 2015
Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) recently represented a student who was improperly denied special education evaluations from Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) decided in favor of the student and issued a corrective action plan to APS. The corrective action plan required that APS re-vamp its protocol for special education evaluations in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). In the past, APS could keep students indefinitely in the “Student Assistance Team” (SAT) process. For many students, the SAT process could stretch on for years as data was collected to support a determination that a student needed to be tested for special education eligibility. Now, APS will be required to pursue evaluating all students who are suspected to have a disability. Also, in accordance with state and federal law, APS will now be required to respond within 60 days to parental requests for special education evaluations. IDEA requires that within 60 days of a written parental request for evaluations, the school district must either 1) schedule the evaluations, or 2) file for a due process hearing. APS must have these new policies in place in accordance with the law by late October 2015.
Jul 28, 2015
ATTENTION: DD WAIVER PARTICIPANTS MUST LET THE STATE AND THEIR CASE MANAGER KNOW BY THIS FRIDAY, JULY 31ST IF THEY WANT THE SERVICES THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY GETTING
ATTENTION: PERSONS WHO ARE ON THE DD WAIVER, CASE MANAGERS AND GUARDIANS IN THE DD WAIVER SYSTEM
Disability Rights New Mexico and The Arc of New Mexico recently brought a court case against the state challenging its use of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) to decide who gets what DD Waiver services. As part of a settlement of that case, the state is required to restore any services taken away from a DD Waiver participant after they took a SIS assessment. DD Waiver participants must let the state know that they wish to have their old services returned, or else they will continue to get the services their SIS assessment assigned to them until their next Individualized Service Plan, or their is a significant change in health or other circumstances.
THIS NOTICE IS BEING POSTED BECAUSE THE DATE TO NOTIFY THE STATE THAT A PARTICIPANT WISHES TO RETURN TO THEIR PRE-SIS SERVICES IS FAST APPROACHING. DD WAIVER PARTICIPANTS MUST LET THE STATE AND THEIR CASE MANAGER KNOW BY THIS FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015, IF THEY WANT THE SERVICES THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY GETTING.
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