Action Alert- Waiver input needed!

Your input is needed!

The Disabilities Concerns Subcommittee of the Legislative Health and Human Services Interim Committee with meet on October 7 from 9 am- 5 pm at the Southwest Disability Conference in the Picuris Room of the Albuquerque Convention Center.  A presentation will take place, from 9:45 to 11:15 am on a proposed “Family Support Waiver” and an “Autism Waiver.” The goal of these waivers is to increase supports for families of children under the age of 19  with disabilities and special healthcare needs that  were eliminated by Centennial Care such as more than 100 hours of respite and to ease the 11-15 year Developmental Disabilities Waitlist.
A group of disability advocates is also proposing a tailored waiver specific to people of all ages with Autism to provide the focused systems of support for this population of New Mexicans in the hopes of creating better outcomes for people with autism. For help prepping a public comment contact Lisa Rossignol at Parents Reaching Out: (505) 247-0192 orlrossignol@parentsreachingout.org

You can view the agenda by clicking: https://www.nmlegis.gov/agendas/DISCageoct07.16.pdf
We need your help! If you can attend the Committee Meeting and sign up to share your experience with Centennial Care and your child with disabilities, with the DD waiver waitlist, and to support these new waivers you would help our cause.

If you can’t attend, you can contact the members of the Disability Concerns Subcommittee and let them know that you support Family Supports and Autism Waiver:

Representative Tim Lewis (Chair) 505-986-4252 lewisfornm@gmail.com
Senator Nancy Rodriguez (Vice Chair) 505-983-8913 nancy.rodriguez@nmlegis.gov
Representative Miguel P. Garcia 505-877-8131 miguel.garcia@nmlegis.gov
Senator Linda M Lopez 505-831-4148  linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
Representative Deborah Armstrong 505-795-5164  deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Senator Ted Barela 505-384-4307 ted.barela@nmlegis.gov
Representative Nora Espinoza 575-623-5324 noralee@cableone.net
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino 505-243-1509 jortizyp@msn.com

Sample Call/Email:
Hello, my name is _________ and I live in _____(city or county). I have child, under the age of 19, with disabilities and Centennial Care is letting us down. 100 hours of respite is not enough for New Mexico’s hard working families. It’s not enough for my family.  I am asking you to support Family Support/Autism waivers. Let’s put New Mexico’s kids first.  Thank you for your time.