Step Two: Assess Your Support NeedsPrint this page
New Mexico wants a fair way to measure New Mexican's supports needs. The DOH also wants to make sure that the amount of support and the funding people receive are sensible, fair, and person-centered. The Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS) is designed to ask everyone the same questions so that everyone is treated fairly. All adults who receive or are planning to receive DDW services will get a SIS assessment.
The Center for Development and Disability (CDD), established in 1990, is New Mexico's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. The DOH is working closely with the CDD to administer all SIS assessments for the DDW starting July 2014. The CDD has a history of excellence in the field of disability and has a successful track record working with the DOH on other statewide initiatives as well. Visit the CDD’s Administration of the SIS Assessment in New Mexico page to learn more.
If you are 18 or turning 18 up to six months prior to your Individual Service Plan effective date, a scheduler will call you to arrange your SIS interview to assess your support needs. Occasionally a few supplemental questions are also asked about medical and behavioral risks. A person who has been trained to do the SIS interviews, the SIS Assessor, will ask you and others who know you well questions about the amount of support, if any, you need in each daily life activity area.
The information from the interview helps to assign you to a NM DDW Group and service package and to help develop your Individual Service Plan.