State sued over developmentally disabled services

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

One of the main disputes is over a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil said the state has been able to expand coverage to more individuals with the program changes. More than 6,000 New Mexicans are on a waiting list for services.

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