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0 - 3 years

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Early Signs

Early Screening

How is ASD Diagnosed?

Where to get evaluation, children ages 0 to 3?


For more guidance about what interventions would be effective for your child with ASD, you might consider the following:

  • What does the report from my child’s evaluation say? If the evaluation is recent (in the past year), you can refer to the list of recommendations from the evaluation team or from a qualified professional that knows your child.
  • What do the therapeutic professionals that see my child recommend?
  • Do I know about Evidenced Based Practices?

There are a number of strategies and approaches to treatment for individuals with ASD. Interventions found to be effective are called Evidence Based Practices (EBPs). For information on these visit:

Where to get Services:


Family, Infant, & Toddler Program

Under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), infants and toddlers (birth to age 2) with disabilities may receive early intervention services. The following resources will help to explain what may be available and how to access services.

Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT)

The FIT Program is a statewide program that provides early intervention services to infants, toddlers who have or are at risk for developmental delays and families in New Mexico. Early intervention provides activities and strategies for families to use to promote their child's development throughout the day. Early intervention can make a lifetime of difference!

Making a referral to a FIT program

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA is a federal law that requires schools to serve the educational needs of elegible students with disablities.

Developmental Milestones Birth to Three Years of Age

Transitioning to Preschool (Childfind)

Although we often think of Child Find as a provision for preschool education for students with disabilities, it includes all children of school age. Child Find requires all schools to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21 (Provision for birth through age 2 are considered part B services, from age three through 21 students receive part C service)

Information on ages, eligibility, services, how to apply:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA is a federal law that requires schools to serve the educational needs of elegible students with disablities.

Early Intervention - Part C of IDEA (Wrightslaw)



New Mexico Program Divisions

Supplementary Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides financial support for low income individuals with disabilities. If the individual is a child, the family’s income becomes the eligibility criteria. SSI comes with a Medicaid card. Although Medicaid is a federal program, it is state specific. New Mexico Medicaid rules and regulations apply to NM residents.


What is New Mexico Centennial Care?

Centennial Care is the name of the New Mexico Medicaid program. Most people who have Centennial Care receive services through one of four managed care organizations (MCOs). Covered services include physical health (medical, dental, and vision), behavioral health (to help with issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, and addictions), long-term care and community benefits (services like adult day health, respite care and personal care services). There are financial eligibility requirements.


DD Waiver

What is a DD Waiver?

This waiver program helps eligible New Mexicans live in their homes and communities by allowing them to choose from a menu of services and supports.

The Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD Waiver) serves individuals with an intellectual disability or specific related conditions and developmental disabilities that occur before the age of 22. Services provided through the DD Waiver are case management, personal care, residential and day habilitation, supported employment, community access, environmental modification, behavior support consultation, non-medical transportation, nutritional counseling, personal plan facilitation, tier III crisis support, goods and services, private duty nursing and dental care as well as physical, speech and occupational therapies. The New Mexico Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DOH/DDSD) administers the DD Waiver.



Diagnostic and treatment services for children with ASD are generally available in New Mexico, and are funded by private insurance, public employee insurance, and Medicaid. To find out specifics of your insurance plan, consult your benefit handbook or talk to a customer service representative at the health plan. The links below will assist you in better understanding how insurance works for your loved one

Insurance laws regarding services

The Autism Speaks NM page explains the insurance laws that were passed in 2009 and 2013. They guarantee coverage for individuals who have private insurance or public employee insurance.

NM Health Insurance Exchange

The NM Health Insurance Exchange: The plans on the exchange offer coverage for ASD. Should your insurance come through a large self-funded (ERISA) employer, the insurance doesn't have to offer coverage for ASD. Individuals in those situations can approach the HR department of their employer and ask them to amend their coverage to include benefits for ASD, ask the employer to pay the costs of a child only policy on the NM Health Insurance Exchange, or privately purchase a child only policy.

NM Medicaid ABA Services

For all questions about ASD therapies, please contact the Centennial Care MCO in which you are enrolled, and ask to speak directly to the assigned care coordinator.

NM Medicaid

What is NM Medicaid?

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

Securing ASD Specific Health Care Services for Children In New Mexico