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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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The Latest News

Nov 18, 2019

The Jackson class-action lawsuit was filed by Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) and others in 1987, to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were then institutionalized.  Since that time the state institutions closed, and a robust community-based system has grown.  Nonetheless, the lawsuit has remained open and active to ensure that the class members have sufficient home- and community-based services to protect their health and safety.  In the spring of 2019 the parties were able to negotiate a Settlement Agreement intended to end the lawsuit.  The judge approved and entered this Settlement Agreement (click here) as an order of the court on June 21, 2019.  DRNM and other plaintiffs’ attorneys put together a draft summary for ease of reading (click here).  The State has 18 months to comply with its remaining obligations to end the lawsuit.

Aug 1, 2019

Disability Rights New Mexico, as part of a coalition with other non-profit organizations and law firms working on economic justice and employment rights issues, has filed a lawsuit against Adelante Development Center, Inc. ("Adelante"), over Adelante's its illegal, abusive, and pervasive payment of subminimum wages to its employees with disabilities.  The lawsuit asserts that Adelante has illegally paid its workers less than New Mexico's and Albuquerque's minimum wage to hundreds of employees for many years.

Jun 24, 2019

Update on notice from DOH regarding individuals on the wait list for DD and Mi Via waivers.

DDSD has made multiple attempts to contact individuals in the allocation group.  Unfortunately, there are a significant number of individuals in each region that have not responded. 

Individuals with DD Waiver registration dates prior to the following dates, should contact DOH Intake & Eligibility as quickly as possible, at the numbers listed below:

Current Allocation Dates, Quadrants, and Contacts:
Metro - 05/26/2006
Kathryn Lesarlley - (505) 841-5522
Micky Carino - (505) 222-6699

Northeast - 08/23/2006
Renee Valerio - (575)758-5934

Northwest - 10/03/2006
Cheryle Anderson - (505) 863-9937, ext. 107

Southeast - 02/07/2008
Elizabeth Duran - (575) 624-6100, ext. 113
Mario Quezada - (575) 624-6100, ext. 115

Southwest - 12/12/2006
Bernice Rivera - (575) 528-5195
Nicole Hernandez - (575) 528-5181

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