Legislation Establishes Disabilty Oversight Council

Sen. Tim Keller


SANTA FE—Senate Joint Memorial 5 (SJM5), sponsored by Sen. Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo, and Rep. Liz Thomson, D-Bernalillo, has cleared both the Senate and the House chambers. The legislation requests that the New Mexico Legislative Council establish a Medicaid Disability Services Oversight Council.

“New Mexicans living with disabilities are in some of the most vulnerable circumstances, yet have the least say in key decisions. This legislation provides a way for people with disabilities to engage in meaningful participation with state agencies to help shape the services they provide,” Keller said.

SJM 5 calls for a council consisting of two senators, one from each party; two state representatives, one from each party; two individuals living with disabilities; one disabled individual’s personal representative; one individual who serves as a community advocate for individuals living with disabilities; one individual with expertise and experience in disability issues, disabilities law or disability policy or finance; one representative from the medical assistance division of the N.M. Human Services Department; and one representative from the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division of the N.M. Department of Health.