FOCUS Program

The FOCUS Early Intervention Program (formerly known as Los Pasos, SELECTT and GRO), funded through the Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program, provides supports and services for families of children aged birth through three years of age who have developmental delay or are at risk of experiencing delay due to medical challenges such as prematurity, low birth weight, pre-natal exposure to drugs and alcohol, and/or environmental challenges such as family substance use, parental mental illness, family violence or unsupported teen parenting. We serve families in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia Counties.

What do we do:

Through collaborations across the Departments of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine, the FOCUS program provides a continuum of interdisciplinary services that integrates primary family medical care with an array of services that include:

  • Developmental assessment
  • Early intervention services, including family service coordination, developmental guidance, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy services
  • Infant mental health services focused on supporting the parent-child relationship
  • Primary care and access to a family medical home
  • Referrals to the UNM Medical Legal Alliance For Children
  • Community referrals

FOCUS provides supports and services that improve family well-being by strengthening family capacity to support resilience and protective behaviors for their children, providing culturally sensitive service strategies, collaborating with the community on behalf of the families and maximizing access to quality services. The service delivery team includes pediatricians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists. Services are available in both English and Spanish.

Nationally recognized model programs (National Center for Children in Poverty) that have demonstrated, through evaluations and research, lower rates of violence and drug use in the home, greater interaction between caregiver and child, and enhanced social-emotional development of the child.

Contact Us:

Kristina Blakney
Program Specialist
505-272-9338
kblakney@salud.unm.edu