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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The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is Open

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) was created under the Affordable Care Act to help New Mexicans readily access healthcare coverage.  Visit the NMHIX access website at www.bewellnm.com or call toll-free 1-855-996-6449 to speak with a Health Care Guide.  Consumers enrolled in a qualified health plan by December 1, 2013, will receive coverage starting January 1, 2014.

Kennedy Law Firm Sues Albuquerque Public Schools For Handcuffing Students
If your child was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center while a student in the Albuquerque Public Schools from May 3, 2008 to present, you may be entitled to participate in a class action law suit. Click here for more information.

Important Information on Behavioral Health Services
HSD stopped Medicaid funding to New Mexico behavioral health service providers in late June.  Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is trying to understand the impact of the recent changeover to the Arizona companies on people who receive services.  We would like to have examples of what has happened.  If you or anyone you know has had their behavioral health services suspended or reduced, we would like to hear from you.  Our phone numbers are (505) 256-3100 or toll free 1-800-432-4682. Thank you.

Changes to New Mexico's Medicaid Program
To help educate people about the upcoming changes with the New Mexico Medicaid Program, the Human Services Department is holding dozens of public meeting around the state.  We encourage you to attend one of the HSD meetings to get information and ask questions about the big changes coming to Medicaid in New Mexico.  Click here for dates and locations of meetings.  For answers to specific questions about these changes, call HSD's new Medicaid Expansion Hotline toll-free at 1-855-637-6574 or visit www.hsd.state.nm.us/CentennialCare.

HSD: "Credible allegations of fraud"
by 15 major provider agencies
Providers respond with litigation, suspension of services
HSD has suspended Medicaid payments to most of the state's largest behavioral health service providers in the wake of an audit that indicated that each one failed to meet minimum compliance standards and may have engaged in Medicaid fraud.  HSD has issued a summary of the audit results and released an Executive Summary of the audit performed by the Public Consulting Group.  HSD is trying to arrange replacement management at some of the agencies to address the problems, and insists that there will be no disruption or interruption in client services.

The sudden enforcement action stunned providers and legislators.  Several provider agencies have gone to court to try to reinstate the payments, noting they have not been told what they did wrong and have not been given a chance to fix whatever the problems are.  Some agencies have suspended services and indicated that, without payments, they will be forced to close their doors.

Health Care Reform ("Obamacare"): What does it mean for people with disabilities?

The Disability Coalition issued a series of brief bulletins this summer on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that are of particular interest to persons with disabilities.  Jump to The Disability Coalition section of DRNM's web page to access these informative bulletins.




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Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Fair Hearings Guide.  Unfortunately, DRNM cannot provide representation to all those who ask for help with DD Waiver/SIS reductions. DRNM has written this Fair Hearings Guide to help people advocate for themselves. The Guide provides information about the agency conference and the H Service group application.  It explains the individual's right to a hearing, the hearing process, and some of the legal and factual arguments that can be made. Click here for guide.


Medicaid Fair Hearings. People frequently ask DRNM to represent them in Medicaid Fair Hearings. Due to the large number of requests for assistance, DRNM cannot provide representation to all those who ask.  DRNM has created a Medicaid Fair Hearings Guide to assist you if you do not have legal representation in Medicaid Administrative Fair Hearings.  Click here for guide.


Phone Numbers for Urgent Behavioral Health Care. If you are experiencing problems due to the behavioral health crisis, listed are phone numbers to call for assistance.  For general needs 1-866-660-7185 (phone calls not being returned, no therapist, problems with medications or records).  For crisis 1-855-662-7474 (someone is in immediate need of assistance).


DRNM is pleased to present our 2012 Annual Report. Click here to view





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