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Vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance includes information and support services to assist an individual in exercising informed choices and is distinct from the case management relationship that exists between the counselor and the individual during the VR process.
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Nationally recognized for excellence, the New Mexico Disability Determination Services (NMDDS) measures of quality consistently rank amongst the highest in the region and in the nation. The NMDDS adjudicates cases for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides New Mexico (NM) millions of dollars annually for disability benefits.
Nationally, the SSA contracts to provide disability determination services. In NM, SSA contracts with the NMDVR to adjudicate cases for the residents of NM. SSA funds the NMDDS at 100% to include administrative overhead to the NMDVR. As a result of 100% funding, SSA maintains extensive control over the day-to-day.
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
Tina Tawater joined NMDVR in October 2019. She previously served as Assistant Director of HR for Sandoval County. Prior to that role, she served as Director of HR for the NM Public Health Department, HR Manager for the Economic Development Department, and HR Analyst with the Penitentiary of NM. Earlier in her career, she was an HR analyst with the City of Albuquerque, an HR manager with a U.S. Department of Defense contractor, an HR labor relations specialist with Laguna Development (Tribal), and an HR Analyst with a U.S. Department of Education contractor. Tina earned a Master of Human Resources Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Managerial Information Systems.
Disability Determination Services Administrator
Charles “Alan” Hamlin has been a member of the DVR/DDS since 2006. In his time with the DDS, Alan has been a Disability Adjudicator, Disability Adjudicator Specialist, Disability Adjudicator Supervisor, Operations Manager, Manager of Operations, and finally DDS Administrator. Alan has served on multiple inter-agency committees and workgroups from both DVR and SSA.
Interim RSU Administrator, Field Operations Director
Nash currently serves as the interim RSU Administrator and Field Operations Director for Areas 3 and 4. She oversees DVR operations for the Las Cruces, Silver City, Roswell, Carlsbad, and Clovis offices as a Field Operations Director. Nash earned a Master of Guidance & Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University and a Bachelor of Psychology-Counselor Education and Sociology-Gerontology from Adams State College. She is a licensed mental health counselor, clinically certified forensics counselor, a K-12 rehabilitation counselor and a K-12 school counselor.
Nash is a single full-time parent of seven adopted children and enjoys church and faith as much as the outdoors. One of her favorite quotes is the following by Maya Angelou: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, come compassion, some humor, and some style.
Dan Drury grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico. Dan has been active in disability and business communities in both NM and nationally for his entire career. He has served on several boards including: National Mobility Equipment Dealers’ Association (NMEDA), Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and ALS Association New Mexico.
His first full time job was as patient services coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He started an adaptive automotive company that grew to have locations in Albuquerque and El Paso, TX in 1984. He and his team helped countless people dealing with disabilities gain or maintain independence through vehicle and driving modifications. In 2012, he sold his company to the second largest adaptive automotive company in the U.S. and was part of their management team until retiring in early 2021.
Job search activities support and assist an individual in searching for an appropriate job. Job search assistance may include help in resume preparation, identifying appropriate job opportunities, developing interview skills, and making contacts with companies on behalf of the participant.
Job placement assistance is a referral to a specific job resulting in an interview, whether or not the individual obtained the job.
In July of 2014, the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act took place. The new act is now called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and includes many changes focused on students with disabilities. Under the new Act, the NMDVR program has added a new service category, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). Below are the components associated with PETS and how our agency may assist your efforts with students’ transition needs.
Vocational rehabilitation technology includes, Rehabilitation Engineering Services, Assistive Technology Devices, and Assistive Technology Services. These services assist in meeting the needs of, and address the barriers confronted by, individuals with disabilities in areas that include education, rehabilitation, employment, transportation, independent living, recreation, home and vehicular modification, other assistive devices including, but not limited to hearing aids, low vision aids, and wheelchairs.
Training services are designed to help an individual improve educationally or vocationally or to adjust to the functional limitations of his or her impairment. Training services may include but not limited to: