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New Mexico disability benefit programs.

Find information on programs in New Mexico that can assist residents with a disability. Several government and non-profit organizations offer a wide range of resources. The benefits provided are extensive and include both short and long term support.

Not only can the disabled look into these programs, but they would also still be eligible for any other federal government or state of New Mexico public assistance or low income resources. So what is offered is in addition to the standard benefits that are available for all residents. Get information on the primary programs administered below.

The New Mexico Commission for the Blind offers self-sufficiency, information on employment and other support. What is provided by this agency is for those who are legally blind or who have a condition which will lead to future, legal blindness. More details are below, as well as how to access to Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

A main program offered is Students in Transition to Employment Program. This may be able to help blind students that are under the age of 21 and provide them with a monitored employment experience. Several local businesses and agencies participate in this program. No matter someone’s age, whether over 21 or under, the Business Enterprise Program can offer employment opportunities for blind people, such as at operating food service facilities.

Regardless of the person’s age, Assistive Technology Services can give them the tools and equipment they need to find a job and retain employment. This can include screen readers, Braille displays, closed circuit televisions, and also screen magnification programs. Other equipment may also be available from the disability programs.

Emergency Eye Care can provide surgery to qualified residents lacking the resources for the cost of paying for their own medical eye emergency or glasses. Charities, both in New Mexico and nationwide, provide these resources. They may even offer free eye exams.

Independent living conditions may be offered by the Independent Living/Older Blind Services. This can enable blind people to live independently in their communities and homes by providing direct services in their residence. Assistance provided can include help using public transportation, training in Braille, travel using a cane, and also help with a number of personal and home management skills. Clients may also be provided with access to the Adult Orientation Center, a residential program which provides intensive training and support. Call the Commission for the Blind at (888) 513-7968.




Many benefits are offered by the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services. While a focus is on seniors, some programs are also available for the disabled. They may have food, congregate meals, employment program, adult day care, and much more.

Services are often administered by the Aging and Disability Resource Center. They run the Personal Care Option program, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, the GAP program, and the Brain Injury program.

Caregiver Support Services provides help to caregivers of older adults or younger children with disabilities. The focus is on assisting senior and older persons with the lowest income and the greatest the social and/or economic needs. They offer information of financial aid, food, housing, and more to those with  low-incomes and those providing care and support to persons with developmental disabilities or mental retardation.

What is offered in New Mexico includes information about health conditions, resources, and community-based long-term care services that might best meet a caregiver’s needs. Access Counseling, Support Groups & Caregiver Training. Respite Care can provide assistance to caregivers with relief from caregiving responsibilities. Other Supplemental Services and benefits may also be offered to the disabled, including home modifications, nutritional supplements, incontinence supplies and assistive devices, to support the efforts of caregivers. (866) 451-2901

The New Mexico Aging and Disability Resource Center provides information, referrals, directories, and more. Families can get some or all of the following. Examples include information about services and assistance with accessing them, Nutrition counseling, Legal services, Home and community based services through Medicaid, Respite care (in-home and adult day care), Transportation, and even free Home delivered meals to the homebound with a serious medical condition or disability.

The non-profit also runs the CoLTS-C Waiver. This will help individuals who are blind, aged or disabled. Services provided include, but are not limited to, caregiver services in the home, emergency response, adult day health, respite care, and assisted living. Community transition services offered in New Mexico include speech/language therapy services, private duty nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health care is also covered under the waiver. (866) 451-2901.





New Mexico Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Supports Division, or DDSD, offers the following programs as well as referrals and other support.

  • The Family Infant Toddler Program provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers that have the risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Case Management includes resources and information for case managers.
  • The state’s Developmental Disabilities Waiver will offer services and support that will allow income eligible people with developmental disabilities to participate as active members of their communities.
  • The DDSD Clinical Services Bureau offers training, consultation and assistive technology support to residents with developmental disabilities, their caregivers and families.
  • State General Funded Services includes financial aid and temporary grants to support individuals with developmental disabilities. These cash benefits can cover housing, nutritional needs, energy bills, and more. All aid is offered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Medically Fragile Waiver Program can assist individuals who have a medically fragile condition that has been diagnosed prior to the age of 22.
  • Clinical Services Bureau (CSB) can offer technology, equipment, and more to those with a developmental disability.

The Mexico Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Supports Division can be reached at (877) 696-1472.

Public assistance and government benefits are offered by the Department of Human Services. This organization focuses on the poor and low income that also have a disability. Cash assistance may be offered for paying utility bill as part of LIHEAP, vouchers for buying food from SNAP food stamps, general assistance, and low income housing all may be offered. Or look into vouchers to pay rent as part of section 811.

New Mexico Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Services (CMS) offers help to families with children that have special health care needs. The state also advocates on behalf of low income families. The Family-Infant-Toddler Program is for those under the age of 3, Newborn Hearing Screening Program, and also the Newborn Metabolic Screening Program.

CYSHCN may offer free or low cost medical care or medications for children with chronic medical conditions. These benefits are for those families that are uninsured or underinsured and who don’t receive assistance from Medicaid. Some of what may be covered includes childhood cancer, congenital heart conditions, rheumatic disease, asthma, immune deficiencies and much more. There are additional workshops offered by medical billing advocates, that both the disabled and their caregivers can attend.







In addition, New Mexico families whose total household income exceeds the financial eligibility criteria may still attend specialty outreach and community clinics. This is offered by social workers throughout the state. Patients are eligible for many government supported benefits, including diagnostic services to rule out eligible medical conditions. Call (505) 476-8851 for intake.

Additional non-profit and government programs

New Mexico Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Bureau, Arthritis Program
Main address is 5301 Central Avenue NE, Suite 800
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call (505) 222-8610 or (505) 222-8605

New Mexico Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Bureau, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
810 West San Mateo, Suite 200 E
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll-free 1-888-253-2966
The programs and resources are for New Mexico residents  with diabetes or some other chronic medical conditions. They offer prevention, disease control, prescriptions, and other health care.

New Mexico Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD)
37 Plaza La Prensa
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-9266
The organization offers mental health services, homeless prevention, and more.

New Mexico Department of Public Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-5800
They run a statewide, low interest loan program. The funds issued can help New Mexico residents with a disability buy assistive technology, supplies or to pay for minor home modifications. They also run the Disability Determination Services for Medicaid, which will help determine if someone is eligible for this federally funded health care benefit.

Brain Injury Association of New Mexico
121 Cardenas NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Toll-free: (888) 292-7415

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Rio Grande Office, All America Chapter
4125 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Toll-free:1-800-344-4867, option 2

New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department
Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll free number is (866) 451-2901

New Mexico Autism Society
Location is 4801 Lang Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 332-0306





New Mexico Commission for the Blind Administrative Office
Office is located at 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East Building 4, Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll-free: (888) 513-7968

Agency New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NMCDHH)
2055 S. Pacheco, Suite 450
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll-free: (800) 489-8536

New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
810 West San Mateo, Suite C
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll-free: (800) 311-2229

New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Call (505) 827-5800 for intake and details.

New Mexico Human Services Department’s Medical Assistance Division (MAD) (the direct administrator of the New Mexico Medicaid program)
P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2348
Toll free: (888) 997-2583

New Mexico Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC)
4401 Lomas Boulevard., Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 266-5022

New Mexico Learning Disabilities Association
P.O. Box 30001/3SPE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Main phone number is (575) 882-6221

Partners in Lifelong Independence and Healthy Aging
Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Toll-free: (866) 451-2901

University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability
2300 Menaul Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Dial (505) 272-3000

Zia Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America
Address is 833 Gibson Boulevard, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Toll-free: (800) 597-5580


By Jon McNamara











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