The Health Care Authority’s mission is: We ensure that New Mexicans attain their highest level of health by providing whole-person, cost-effective, accessible, and high-quality health care and safety-net services.

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.

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

If you are interested in providing services for the DD Waiver program, please visit our Provider Enrollment and Relations webpages.

Stakeholder Engagement

DDSD offers stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to provide comments and feedback to DDSD about initiatives, service standards, and operations under the DD Waiver. Please continue checking here for any upcoming topics.


DDW Service Standards Simplification


How to Apply

Please visit the Pre-Service Intake Webpages on this site and contact your Pre-Service Intake Specialist or the Pre-Service Intake Bureau at

505-350-0034 or 505-470-5825 Phone
505-533-6077  Fax

Pre-Service Intake Bureau Contact Sheet

Communication to the Field

DDSD releases a variety of different types of communications through email. If you would like to be part of DDSD’s interested parties’ list, please contact Tammy Barth.

Numbered Memos

These numbered memos provide important information for DD Waiver providers and interested parties.



Reporting Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Call the Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Hotline at 866-654-3219.
OR File a report online

Visit Division of Health Improvement pages for more information.


Program Manager
Christina Hill Interim contact