The Center for Development and Disabilities (CDD) at the University of New Mexico has received a five-year, $1 million U.S. Health and Human Services Grant to work in a collaborative partnership with Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos Inc, in identifying and serving persons with disabilities.   Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Budget and Finance, Kerry Weems, will be in Albuquerque to present the check on Monday, October 25 at 1 p.m.

With the grant, entitled, "The Family Support 360: Pueblo Connections Implementation Project," family support centers will be established in Sandia, Santa Ana, Zia, Jemez and Cochiti pueblos in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

These communities have identified as being underserved in the New Mexico developmental disabilities system. 

While national data suggests there is a 22 percent rate of disability within the Native American populations, the New Mexico Health Department's Long Term Services Division reports that less than one percent  of the people living in theses communities in New Mexico have been identified as eligible for services,

"This money will be used to support family resource specialists & the Family Support Center infrastructure in each of the five pueblos," said Judith Liddell, associate director for the CDD.  "The project will be guided by a steering committee of families and tribal leaders from each pueblo along with the collaborating state and local partnering agencies.  In this way we will be able to hear from the families themselves about services and activities that are most needed and each family support center can be customized for the local community access."

The check will be awarded at a ceremony at 1 p.m. on October 25 at the CDD offices, located at 2300 Menaul Blvd, NE, Room 129.   The media and public are invited to attend.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322