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New Artesia Opened September 2013

High Desert Family Services is very proud to announce that we have expanded our services to Artesia. We are providing Supported Living, Family Living, Customized In-Home Supports, Customized Community Supports and Community Integrated Employment Services.

The people of Artesia have been very gracious and supportive and we are happy to be part of the community.


In addition, we are now on the Freedom of Choice for Supported Living in Chaves County.

HDFS is actively recruiting for both Employees and Independent Contract Providers.


Recent News

2012 DD Waiver Service Standards SIS Policy Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Prevention Strategy

[Nov. 12] The NM DD Waiver Service Standards are effective November 1 2012.
They apply as follows:

  • Newly allocated individuals: at the time of their first ISP starting on or after November 1, 2012.

  • Current participants: When they enter the new system by annual ISP date on or after March 1, 2013.

For the next year, DDSD will be operating a dual system of standards and rates for the DD Waiver. This dual system will remain in place through February 28, 2014. During that time current program participants will transition to the new DD Waiver services, rates and 2012 Service Standards.

Until individuals transition, their current ISP will remain in effect and their services will be provided under the 2007 DD Waiver Service Standards.

2012 DD Waiver Service Standards

[Updated June-13]Use of the Supports Intensity Scale Assessment (SIS) Policy - From the NM Department of Health

The Purpose of this policy is to use a valid assessment tool to identify the support needs for all adult individuals receiving services through the New Mexico Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver (DDW) program. The Support Intensity Scale® (SIS) assessment, published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been chosen by New Mexico to fulfill this purpose.
 Revised SIS Policy

[Oct. 12] The NM behavioral Health collaborative will be utilizing the recommendations from many collaborative agencies over the past year to work on a plan to address the substance abuse problem in New Mexico.

The plan will be dynamic and will serve as a working and updated document to the Collaborative members on a quarterly basis.

The goal is to have implementation of these recommendations completed throughout calendar year 2013.

NM Behavioral Health collaborative Substance Abuse Prevention Strategy October 2012 for 2013 Implementation.







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