The Story Continues: 2000 - 2005
During this time period John Foley retired and Rebecca Shuman was hired as The Arc’s 4th Executive Director. Board Presidents included Judy Liddell, Karen Fricks and Simon Chavez.
Local Chapters exist in Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Farmington, Taos, Clovis, Albuquerque, Deming, Clovis and Grants,
The Lewis Lawsuit was filed in January of 1999 by The Arc of New Mexico and Protection and Advocacy against the New Mexico Department of Health on behalf of people on the DD Waiver Wait List. On April 25, 2000 Federal District Judge Martha Vasquez ruled in favor of Lewis that the New Mexico Medicaid Program violated the “reasonable promptness” requirement of the federal Medicaid statute, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the constitutional right to due process. In May the state appealed the ruling to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. In August 2001 the 10th Circuit rendered its decision denying the Defendant’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit.
The Arc became one of five operating sites of the National Arc AmeriCorps Program teaming individuals with disabilities with individuals without disabilities. During the second year the program received additional funding from the Daniel’s Fund and the program expanded into Socorro and Farmington.
The Arc hired a full-time Fetal Alcohol Prevention Education Program Coordinator.
In 2003 The Arc hosted the First Annual Rebecca’s Piano Café fund raiser.
The Tri-chairs (Tanya Baker-McCue, Rebecca Shuman, and Carolyn Delgado) of the New Mexico Adult Task Force shaped the Self-Directed policy, adopted in Dec 2003. This was an important step that helped create the Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver.
In early 2004 the Board of Directors and staff of The Arc developed a five-year strategic plan to secure and shape the future of The Arc of New Mexico: create an environment for Self-Determination; build internal capacity and increase awareness and change attitudes;
The Arc hosted the first Institute on Self-Determination in 2004 attended by approximately 30 individuals from around the state. The Institute was a multi-month program modeled after the Partners in Policymaking program.
Annual Self-Advocacy conferences were held in Albuquerque that featured nationally recognized speakers including Tia Nelis, Nancy Ward and Ann Thomas.
In 2002 The Arc Justice Advocacy Program celebrated 10 years of providing support and advocacy to individuals with disabilities who had been charged with crimes or had been victims of crime. The program also made regular presentations to law enforcement agencies.
A Beyond Worship workshop, funded by DDPC, was held in 2005, and featured Ginny Thornburgh, Executive Director of Religion and Disability of the National Organization on Disability (NOD). She presented ideas and information to help congregations make it possible for individuals and their family members to fully participate in faith communities of their choice.
The Arc received a Grant of National Significance from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) to build community coalitions in Roswell, Anthony, Socorro and Farmington. The two- year project was called Community Means All People (MAP) and utilized the PATH process (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) to help individuals identify a vision for the future, goals and strategies to achieve the goals. Individuals also received a small stipend to help them achieve one or more of their goals.
In 2005 The Arc hosted a dinner/awards event celebrating 50 years of service to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
In April 2000 the National Arc Board adopted the following Core Values:
- People First
- Visionary Leadership
- Community Participation
In a major victory the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in June 2002, 6-3 in Atkins versus Virginia that executing mentally retarded individuals violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments, but states can define who is mentally retarded.
National Arc Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Curriculum Project - The Arc of NM was part of a team that developed and piloted a curriculum to educate parents, teachers and the public health workers who serve them about FAS and other pre-natal alcohol-related effects. The team included the National Arc, the University of Minnesota, and the Centers for Disease Control and Arc chapter representatives from New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and the District of Columbia.