Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 October, 2014

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

The mission of The Arc of New Mexico is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages by advocating for equal opportunities and choices in where and how they learn, live, work, play and socialize.  The Arc of New Mexico will promote self-determination, healthy families, effective community support systems and partnerships.

 The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Randy Costales, Executive Director

The Arc of NM 2015 Legislative Priorities

1. Maintain Services

Issue:  Medicaid continues to be the crucial source of funding for people with disabilities that allows them to live in their communities with the supports and services they need.  Any reduction in the state appropriation or even a failure to appropriate sufficient dollars will result in a loss of services and a corresponding reduction in the individual’s quality of life. 

Position:  Maintain current services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

2. Waiting List

Issue: Individuals with developmental disabilities continue to apply for services and then be placed on a waiting list (called the Centralized Registry by the Department of Health).  People should not have to wait for services that are important to their ability to live and participate in their communities in a safe and fulfilling manner.  Position: Protect the current DD Waiver appropriation and add new dollars to serve more people.

• A.     Position: Protect the state general funded programs and add new dollars to serve more people.

• B.     Position: Support legislation arising from the Senate Memorial 20 (Developmental Disabilities Service Waiting Time) report recommendations.

3. Guardianship Services

Issue:  The funding for legal assistance and training for families seeking guardianship of a family member is not adequate to meet the need.  Furthermore, the funding for corporate guardianship services no longer meets the need and a waiting list for services exists.

Position:  Support the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council’s requested budget.

 4. Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Issue:  Proposed statute that would allow a district court to order a person to participate in assisted outpatient treatment for his or her mental illness if (s)he is unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision, and has demonstrated a lack of compliance with treatment for mental illness.  The party(ies) petitioning for assisted outpatient treatment only must notify any guardian or treatment guardian of the petition.  The proposed treatment plan does not require the current legally appointed guardian to consent to the plan.

Position:  Do not support the proposed legislation in its present form.

• a.      Current guardianship orders must be respected and take precedence.

• b.      Adequate funding must be appropriated to pay for mandated services.

• c.       Advanced Directives for mental health care must be presumed to be valid unless it can be shown that the individual was incompetent at the time they were signed.

• d.      If no services are available to the individual, mandated outpatient treatment should not be ordered.

2015 DRAD Registration is Now Open

The 2015 Disability Rights Awareness Day will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 2 and 3 in Santa Fe.  The theme is, "ADA - Celebrating 25 Years."Monday will feature a one-day conference at the Courtyard by Marriott and will include speakers and sessions about current issues and proposed legislation.  Tuesday's events will take place at the Capitol Rotunda and will include information booths, a rally and visits to legislators' offices.

On-line registration is now open - visit www.arcnnm.org.  The registration fee for individuals with disabilities, family members and support staff is $15.00.  The fee for professionals is $30.00.  The registration deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015.

The event is funded by the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in collaboration with Disability Coalition and The Arc of New Mexico.

City of Anthony Passes Proclamation

The City of Anthony has proclaimed October as Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

Kudos to The Arc of New Mexico's southern New Mexico office for making it happen: Priscilla Salinas, Sergio Resendiz, Sarah Holguin, and Roger Maya.

Arc Names New Program Coordinator

Please welcome Amira Rasheed as The Arc's New Self-Advocacy Program Coordinator.  Amira has worked for The Arc in several capacities - most recently as a Senior Trainer.  She is a member of the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and is a board member of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self-advocacy organization.  She can be reached at arasheed@arcnm.org.

The 2014 Arc National Conference

The Arc of New Mexico's Self-Determination Program for Individuals with Down syndrome helped nine individuals and family members attend The Arc National Conference held September 30 through October 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The individuals were between the ages 6 and 53 and were from the following communities - Kirtland, Silver City, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bosque.

Surveys completed by the attendees indicate that they appreciated the opportunity to attend the event and that it was a great learning and networking experience. 

The Self-Determination Program for Individuals with Down syndrome is funded by The Arc National Office through the Isabel Gonzales Trust.  In addition to stipends for National Conferences, the program provides person-centered planning and stipends to attend the annual Summit on Social Equality/Arc Conference held in Albuquerque.  For more information contact Carmen Garcia @ cgarcia@arcnm.org.

Jamie and Maryann at The Arc National Conference.

PRO Family Support Group

November is ‘Celebrate Reading’ month and Thanksgiving. Please join us at Parents Reaching Out for Family Support Group.

We will be celebrating reading with tips and tricks to help your child read and stay reading.

We also will be gobbling and turkeying around with crafts and activities for the kids.

Parents Reaching Out

1920 Columbia Dr SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106

Tues November 4, 2014

5:30—7:30 pm

RSVP @ Parents Reaching Out - 505-247-0192

12th Annual Regional Transition Fair

The 12th Annual Regional Transition Fair will be held November 6 from 8:30 to 12:30 at New Mexico Highlands University in the New Student Center Building.  Students and community members with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet with College Representatives, Armed Services, Outreach Programs, Employers, and Service Providers.

For more information contact David Esquibel at 505-454-3252 or desquibel@nmhu.edu.

Other Important Dates

Southern New Mexico Down Syndrome Families 7th Annual Buddy Walk , Saturday, November 8, 2014 Walk Begins at 10:00 AM.  Call Tim Query 575-636-3643, (Español) 575-636-3644


March 21, 2015 - NM Legislative Session Ends


June 12 and 13, 2015 - The Summit on Social Equality/Arc Annual Conference at the Marriott Pyramid

Exercise and the Risk Factors of Abuse

Resiliency by Jerry Husted, CIFT, CPT, CES, FNS

(Part One of a Three Part Series)

Caring for another person can be one of the most rewarding and challenging of jobs. You must find a balance in all the demands of life: family, work, favorite leisure time activities, and of course caring for another. Questions that demonstrate the levels of stress that are associated with care giving and need to be answered can be:

Will there be enough hours in the day to do all of the things that must be done?

If something has to give, what should it be?

Are you being fair to your family?

How will you know what to do?

Among caregivers, significant risk factors for care recipient abuse are:

• lack of resilience or the inability to cope with stress

• depression, which is very common among care givers

• substance abuse

In its simplest definition, resilience refers to an individual’s ability and potential to develop significant psychological and emotional skills, as well as the ability to use familial, social, and external support, to better deal with stressful life events or experiences. Often caregivers do for others while neglecting themselves. When this happens, the stress can build leading to actions that would not normally occur. The caregiver may yell or even hit. Is this abuse? Certainly. So what are some other ways of dealing with frustration and stress?

EXERCISE!! Being physically fit and exercising regularly contribute greatly to an individual’s level of resilience. Exercise is an excellent strategy for reducing stress. Exercise balances hormones and tires the body, helping facilitate a more restful sleep. The strength gained from physical conditioning at the least can provide the care giver with higher levels of energy to continue caring when they are approaching the thresholds of exhaustion.

Next month I will address the risk factor of depression.

Jerry Husted is a Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specializations in Fitness Nutrition and Corrective Exercise. He is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Inclusive Fitness Trainer and focuses on helping people with disabilities improve the quality of their lives. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the community. His involvement in the community focuses on the rights, issues, and concerns of people with disabilities and their families.  He can be reached at 505.459.9013, jerry@adaptabilityfitness.com.

Support The Arc Through a Bequest

One way for you to support The Arc's mission is to leave us a bequest. A bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the assets/property you may leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy for the work of The Arc.

Keep in mind that your gift can be for a specific amount, a percentage or some portion of the remainder (after family, relatives and friends have gotten their designated share). Below are examples of language you can use with the correct name and address of The Arc (where you wish your gift directed). 

Types of Bequests

There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to The Arc. You can leave what is called a specific bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a defined dollar amount, a particular tangible asset such as real estate, a car, other property or even shares of stock. For example, you may wish to leave your home, a portion of its value or $10,000 to The Arc. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to The Arc.

Another kind of bequest is called a residual bequest. A residual bequest is a bequest that is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the remaining value of your estate to The Arc (local, state and/or national). 

Bequest Benefits

There are no limitations on bequest gifts. Bequests may be made for a general or specific purpose. All bequests to tax-exempt entities approved by the IRS are not subject to estate taxes. Please be sure to consult your tax advisor for advice regarding your own personal situation. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs. 

Contact Us

Please contact Jo Ann Baxter or Randy Costales if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to The Arc or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a planned gift for us. Also, if you don't have an attorney and would like assistance in finding one, please contact us. The Arc has established a partnership with The Special Needs Alliance, which is an organization comprised of attorneys from around the country, skilled in assisting families with special needs. You can also visit our website for specific bequest language.

AmazonSmile Foundation

Good News!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to The Arc of New Mexico whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Below is the link to AmazonSmile for The Arc of New Mexico to post on social media and spread the word.