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State discloses death of disabled client

June 29, 2023 - Public Relations - Information

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) disclosed today the death of a client with developmental disabilities who was receiving services on one of the state’s Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD Waiver) programs. The client reportedly fell, was treated at a hospital for a head injury and subsequently died on June 17, 2023. The department’s Division of Health Improvement continues to investigate this case for any instances of abuse, neglect and exploitation in relation to the care provided to this client. 

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this matter. In an abundance of caution the DOH is also referring this case to the Attorney General’s Office for further review and investigation. 

The individual received an in-person wellness check on April 4, 2023, and appeared healthy without evidence of abuse or neglect when the state conducted in-person wellness checks on all individuals being cared for under the state’s Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD Waiver) programs.  

State leadership and the DOH established what is now an ongoing independent, third-party investigation evaluating both the agency’s Developmental Disabilities Supports Division and the Division of Health Improvement procedures to identify systemic flaws and improve processes. 

That independent investigation is being conducted by German Burnette & Associates in partnership with Accenture, a company that specializes in Medicaid issues, and will report its findings to the state and will be shared publicly when completed. 

Anyone suspecting abuse, neglect, or exploitation of any person who is on one of the state’s Developmental Disabilities Waiver Programs, or anyone else, please call the Adult Protective Services Central Intake Unit toll-free at: 1-866-654-3219.

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El Estado comunica la muerte de un cliente con discapacidad