Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 October, 2016

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

Our Mission: The Arc New Mexico promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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

2017 DRAD Registration Open

Disability Rights Awareness Day will be held Thursday and Friday, February 23-24, 2017 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe.  Thursday events will take place at the Hotel and will include keynote and breakout sessions covering current legislative and policy issues. 

Friday events will take place in the Capitol and will include information booths, visits with legislators and a rally from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  

To register go to www.arcnm.org.  

2017 Legislative Priorities

The 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session will be a 60 day session starting on January 17 and ending on March 17.  The Arc of New Mexico has identified the following issues as priorities for the session.


Issue:  The New Mexico Legislature passed the Accounts for Persons with Disabilities Act (ABLE) during the 2016 legislative session.  No appropriation was made for the implementation of the program.

Position: Introduce legislation requesting an appropriation for the State Treasurer’s office to implement the program.

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.

 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.

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

Position: Continue to support dollars in the DoH budget for flexible funding programs.

Guardianship Services Restraint and Seclusion

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.

Restraint and Seclusion

Issue:  Students in special education are frequently controlled and disciplined by being inappropriately restrained and placed in seclusion.

Position:  Support efforts to stop this practice in schools and require training for school staff.

The Arc Board of Directors

Jake Dopson from Pulakos CPA's presents the quarterly financial report to board members at their October 22 meeting.  

The Arc of New Mexico is 501c3 non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors that meets on quarterly basis. The board elections were held at the Annual Business meeting in July. The 2016 - 2017 Board Members are:


President, Dolores Harden, Albuquerque

Senior Vice-President, Elaine Palma, Las Cruces

Vice-President, NE Region I, Lynette Ortiz, Santa Fe

Vice-President, SE Region II, Leah Lucier, Roswell

Vice-President, Central Region III, James Habersham, Rio Rancho

Vice-President, SW Region IV, Thea Kavanaugh, Las Cruces

Vice-President, NW Region V, Maxine John, Fruitland

Secretary, Brianne Connor, Albuquerque

Treasurer, Anita Hackett, Albuquerque


NE Region I – Philip Alvarez-Levin, Santa Fe

SE Region II – Rebecca Cobos, Roswell

Central Region III – Lourdes Rael, Albuquerque

SW Region IV – Sophia Hamilton

NW Region V - Francene Kilgore-Sanchez, Farmington

Director at Large – Siri GuruNam Kaur Khalsa – Santa Cruz

Director at Large – Laura Todd, Las Cruces

The Arc of San Juan County

The Mission of The Arc of San Juan County is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental and intellectual 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 San Juan County believes that every individual and family affected by developmental or intellectual disability in New Mexico should have access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. We work to ensure that people with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families have the support they need to live an ordinary, decent American lives.

Mark Silversmith and Ray Dollar share a laugh at the recent 9th Annual Changing Seasons, Changing Lives event in Farmington.  The event creates awareness about people with disabilities while raising dollars to support The Arc of San Juan County.

Support The Arc!

Andres Casas and Glena Gebara from Bank of the West, present a check for $7,500 to Donene Seelbach and Dinah Padilla-Harvey for the Representative Payee Program.