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Goals and Progress

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Completing the New Mexico DDW Group Assignments

In 2011, New Mexico began the process of moving from three levels in an Annual Resource Allotment to seven, referred to as group assignments. This allows NM to place people with similar support needs together in the same group and to design a service package generally expected to meet the needs of individuals in that group. Going from three levels to seven groups allows NM to refine the resource allocation decisions and to balance the DDW system needed to serve thousands of current recipients and thousands of individuals waiting. NM began Supports Intensity Scale ® (SIS) assessments in April.

Read the Decision Rules for New Mexico DDW Groups Chart
Graph of the Number of Individuals in each NM DDW Group (2014)
Graph of the Number of Individuals in each NM DDW Group (2015)
Graph of the Number of Individuals in each NM DDW Group (2016)

NEW since the WALDROP Settlement Agreement in May 2015: NM Department of health does not use NM DDW Group Assignments to deny or approve any residential service model or the number of therapy disciplines on a budget request. No Service is dependent on a NM DDW Group assignment. Please read our What Do NM DDW Groups Mean and Not Mean document for more information.

DDSD Strategic Plan

During the past two years DDSD has developed a STEADY SIGNAL document to affirm and clarify the Division’s purpose with guiding values and principles that matter to us, as an organization and professionals, and to our stakeholders. In 2015 we used this as a basis to create a three year strategic plan. The strategic plan focuses on collaboration among internal and external stakeholders to continue to build a successful developmental disabilities system in New Mexico. This strategic plan summary is a compilation of how DDSD put that focus and commitment into action. It is intended to inform and inspires our team and our partners to work towards even better results in the coming years.

To learn more please read the DDSD Three Year Strategic Plan and Our Steady Signal document.

Adult DDW Recipients Transitioning to the New DDW

In November 2012, new adult allocants began entering the new DDW system.

In May 2013 existing adult DDW recipients began transitioning to the new DDW.

System Safeguards have been implemented during the transition to the new waiver. Safeguards include SIS Reassessments and Group H requests for exceptional situations.

DDSD has created numerous tools such as Policies and Procedures, Forms and Instructions, and Director's Releases.

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