Center for Development and Disability

2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Phone: (505) 272-3000
Fax: (505) 272-2014

Program Listing

Below is the listing of all programs at the Center for Development and Disability. Click on a specific program to read a short description and access its website.

Autism Programs

The Autism Programs at the CDD embraces the mission of the CDD. The mission of the CDD is the full inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in their community by engaging individuals in making life choices, partnering with communities to build resources, and improving systems of care.

The Autism Programs at the CDD accomplishes this mission through innovative:
• Interdisciplinary training
• Dissemination of information
• Provision of exemplary direct service and technical assistance
• Applied research


Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) Statewide Learning System

The Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico manages the Statewide Training Database for the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division of the New Mexico Department of Health. The DDSD Statewide Training Database is an on-line system that allows agencies to maintain an accurate record of personnel as well as track agency training compliance.


Early Childhood Evaluation Program (ECEP)

The Early Childhood Evaluation Program (ECEP) provides evaluations for children ages birth to three living in New Mexico. ECEP addresses concerns regarding developmental delay, complex medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, behavioral/regulatory issues, and other specialized evaluation questions for very young children.


Early Childhood Mental Health Services (ECMHS)

ECMHS are provided by licensed social workers, psychologists, counselors, and advanced psychology trainees with specialized training in infant and early childhood mental health approaches. We offer an extended assessment process to be sure we understand family concerns fully before developing a plan for intervention designed to bring relief to both children and their caregivers/families.


Emergency Preparedness Programs for People with Disabilities

The Division has been involved in national and state efforts to incorporate the needs and priorities of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness and response.


Early Childhood Network (ECN)

We work in collaboration with 32 early intervention community-based providers throughout New Mexico to assure that all eligible infants, toddlers and their families receive high quality early intervention services from qualified and well supported personnel.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes a variety of developmental disorders that result from prenatal alcohol exposure. These disorders include: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS), Alcohol-related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND), or Alcohol-related Birth Defects (ARBD). Children who are prenatally exposed to alcohol can exhibit a variety of physical features, health conditions, and learning and behavioral differences. A multidisiplinary evaluation will clarify the diagnosis.


Feeding Clinic (NM SAFE) Supports and Assessments for Feeding and Eating

The New Mexico SAFE feeding clinic provides feeding evaluations and recommendations for children with feeding difficulties.


FOCUS Program

The FOCUS 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 are at risk for or experiencing a developmental delay.


Home Visiting Training

The CDD Home Visiting Professional Development Team provides training and technical assistance to the CYFD Home Visiting programs across the state.


Information Network

The Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Information Network strives to provide high quality library services, as well as connections to community resources. We offer a wide array of disability related materials and services for individuals with disabilities, families, healthcare professionals, school personnel, advocates, case managers, and others.


Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NM LEND)

The NM LEND serves as a center of excellence in leadership training that prepares the next generation of policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health work force. The program offers graduate and post-graduate leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities including autism.


Medically Fragile Case Management Program

The Medically Fragile Case Management Program provides Registered Nurse Case management/service coordination services statewide for children who are Medically fragile and their families via seven satellite offices, with five case managers in the metro area .


Mi Via

Mi Via is a state Medicaid Waiver program that helps persons of all ages with disabilities to self- direct their services using available funding.  The UNM CDD Mi Via Consultants provide program information and orientation; assist participants with the eligibility process, planning and implementation with Service and Support Plans and Budgets; and submit SSP and Budget paperwork to the Third Part Assessor for individuals receiving Mi Via Waiver ( non traditional DD Waiver and Medically Fragile Waiver Services) statewide.


New Mexico Early Childhood Transition Initiative

The mission of the New Mexico Early Childhood Transition Initiative is to support community teams in developing and/or improving their system of transitioning children and families from early intervention services to other services and supports.


Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors. When you enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit you throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two years old. During these visits, your caring nurse will offer the knowledge and support you need to confidently create a better life for your baby and yourself.


Parents as Teachers Home-Visiting Program

Parenting can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Parents As Teachers (PAT) Parent Educators offer parents of very young children visits in their home to provide support, encouragement and information. Together, you and your Parent Educator will explore ways to help your child learn and grow through your relationship with your child.


Partners for Employment

Partners for Employment is a collaborative approach to increasing employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The primary goal for Partners for Employment is to build capacity within the state of New Mexico among state agencies personnel, service providers, family members, self-advocates, employers and other supports.



Through funding from the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Early Childhood Learning Network (ECLN) supports the development and implementation of FOCUS-a tiered quality rating and improvement system. FOCUS will be utilized by all public school preschools (PreK, Special Education 619, and Title I) to evaluate the quality of educational services provided to young children ages 3-5 and their families.


Preschool Network (PSN)

The mission of the Preschool Network (PSN) is the full inclusion of young children in family and community life through access to quality services and systems of care. PSN works toward this goal by providing training and technical assistance to public school preschool programs for children with special needs and their community partners.


Project for NM Children & Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind

The Project for New Mexico Children and Youth Who Are Deafblind is a statewide program designed to provide technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to families, service providers, and individuals, birth through 21, who are deafblind.