New Mexico

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

New Mexico's Family Infant Toddler is part of the New Mexico Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children age 3 and younger may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental Delay of 25 percent or more in one area of development
  • Established Condition that has a high probability of causing a developmental delay
  • At-risk due to medical or biological factors such as low birth weight or prematurity
  • At-risk for developmental delays due to environmental conditions

See family handbook (Page 12) for more information.

Number of children served

New Mexico reported 4,886 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Family Infant Toddler oversees a network of county providers.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the county provider serving their location or call the statewide referral number at 800-552-8195.

Services for at-risk children

Local service team will provide information about available resources for families of children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center listed below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

New Mexico enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See New Mexico insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center.

Parents Reaching Out is New Mexico's statewide parent training and information center. Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs supports families in New Mexico's American Indian communities.

Early childhood school services information

Information about education services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, the county teams, and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

New Mexico Public Education Department
Phone: 505-827-1466

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at family resources.

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