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Public Health New Mexico

Disability Rights In The Roundhouse

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UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:17 a.m.: SB 55 is awaiting a vote by the Senate.

Today was Disability Rights Awareness Day at the Roundhouse, and a bill calling for a plan for the state's troubled waiver program is stuck in committee awaiting a hearing. 

The Developmental Disability Waiver Program provides home- and community-based services to people with a wide range of disabilities. Its wait list is eight- to 10-years-long. 

Sen. William Soules, a Democrat from Las Cruces, sponsored a measure that calls for the state to make a five-year plan to increase funding to the program. A task force determined that it would take an infusion of millions to decrease the wait to three years. 

The 2014 legislative session ends Thursday at noon

 

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