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Developmental Disabilities Waiver

The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver program also known in New Mexico as the “traditional DD waiver” is designed to provide Services and Supports that assist eligible children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to participate as active members of their communities. The DD Waiver is one of several waivers available in New Mexico. The program serves as an alternative to institutional care.

New Mexico’s traditional DD Waiver Program is a person-centered, community-oriented approach to deliver supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The approach emphasizes:

  • That people with IDD oversee their lives as much as possible.
  • That people with IDD have opportunities to use resources in ways that enhance their lives and help them participate in their communities.
  • A shared responsibility for the wise use of public dollars and the contribution that people with IDD and their families can make.
  • That the system is managed in a way that is efficient and fair to everyone.

Please visit the Intake and Eligibility page for contact information to check your status on the Central Registry (Waiting List) or to learn how to apply.

General Information

Since the late 1970's there has been a national movement to provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in the community rather than in institutions. While there has been a significant shift to community-based care nationwide, New Mexico is the leader in this area. New Mexico has used waiver funding to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1984. Every five years New Mexico needs to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for federal approval to renew the DD Waiver Program under Federal d1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver rules. The New Mexico’s Human Services Department administers the DD Waiver while DDSD is the operating agency.

Please visit the New Mexico Human Services Department website to find updates on the currently approved Developmental Disabilities Waiver and any requests for public comment.

On January 16, 2014, 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 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 HCBS waiver programs including the DD Waiver. All states are required to comply with the new rule by March 2019. The NMDOH Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) launched the Know Your Rights Campaign which refers to New Mexico’s activities related to raise awareness for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in integrated living, vocational, educational, recreational, social and leisure activities in the community.

Public Input

People First Listening Sessions

Virtual Town Halls

Focus Groups

Communication to the Field

DDSD releases a variety of different types of communications. Please continue reading for more information regarding numbered memos, news alerts, and activities such as public events and webinars.

Numbered Memos

These numbered memos provide important information to DD Waiver providers.

Rate Study

DDSD has contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to perform a study to recommend reimbursement rates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through the traditional Developmental Disabilities (DD), self-directed Mi Via and Medically Fragile Waivers.

The DDSD will provide up to date information here throughout the Rate Study process to keep everyone informed of meetings, trainings/webinars, opportunities to provide feedback and other important information. If you experience problems with any of the below links, you may contact PCG directly to obtain needed documents at

News Alerts

These periodic news alerts are meant to provide essential information on a variety of topics.

  • DDW News Alert: 2017/04: Topics include the discontinuation of the SIS, tiered rates, revised clinical criteria, beta test the budget worksheet, provider validation and participant surveys, and clinical criteria and budget worksheet training.


Visit the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Training section of our website to learn more.

Learn More

Applications & Central Registry

If you are interested in applying for DD Waiver or checking your status on the Central Registry, please visit the Intake and Eligibility section of our website.

Pre-Admission Screening & Resident Review

For more information on PASRR, please visit the Pre-Admission Screening & Resident Review section of our website.

Additional Information

Please visit the following quick links and for DD Waiver providers.

Contact Information

Please visit the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Staff Directory page for a listing of staff members for this waiver program. Additional contact information for the Financial Management Agency is provided below.

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