New Mexico Department of Health
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Know Your Rights Campaign

The Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) is excited to join in a nationwide movement to ensure the rights and dignity of all individuals with disabilities, including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the United States are fully realized.

On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a Final Rule addressing several sections of the Social Security Act. The Final Rule amends the regulations which govern the Medicaid 1915 (c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs. These rules are an important step forward in federal policy, supporting inclusion and integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community.

The Final Rule applies to New Mexico’s Home and Community Based Services provided through the Developmental Disabilities, Mi Via and Medically Fragile waivers, as well as Centennial Care. All states are required to be in compliance with the new rule by March 2019.

DDSD is launching the “Know Your Rights” campaign which is what we will now call the HCBS settings requirements transition plan and implementation.


Essential Information

Please see the following essential information to learn the basics about this topic.


Town Hall Meetings

On February 1, 2017, DDSD in partnership with the Know Your Rights Campaign Steering Committee began conducting statewide town hall meetings for waiver participants, advocates, family members and guardians.

The purpose of the Know Your Rights town hall meetings is to engage people with disabilities and advocates to strengthen advocacy, raise awareness, and educate communities across the state that people with disabilities are entitled to rights like everyone else. Additionally, the town hall meetings are a forum to inform waiver participants, families and guardians about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule: HCBS Settings Requirements.

Stakeholder Meetings


Learn More

Please read the following documents to learn more.

Home and Community-Based Settings

Know Your Rights


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