Monday, September 28, 2009

DD Waiver Funds Issue to be discussed by LFC

... during the hearing on the Health Department, scheduled for 3 p.m. in Room 307 of the Roundhouse.

The issue is the Health Department's decision not to spend $9.4 million — approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor — to bring more people into a program that allows Medicaid to pay for services related to developmental disabilities.

My story in today's New Mexican about several families of those who have been on the developmentally disabled waiver waiting list for several years is HERE.

The photo you see here is of Ryan Zamites, 9, of Las Cruces, who has been the list for more than three years. His mother Melissa Zamites is one of the people I interviewed for the story.


  1. This is an unfortunate decision made by the Health Department. Services to the DD population and the mentally ill are the lowest priorities in New Mexico. The suffering these people and their families experience deserves a better response from our government.

  2. From the article: "Melissa worries about who would take care of her son if she were to die.". That's not an issue, as Ryan would go to his father, Rob Zamites.

    ~Rob Zamites, Alto,MI

  3. sending you good thoughts and prayers from Chicago, Melissa.
    Marty W.