SEPTEMBER CAREGIVER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

By popular demand, Ruth Dennis, Education and Social Services Director for Vista Living Care, will conduct a series of interactive sessions for caregivers of people with dementia. Join Ruth for one, several or all sessions. September 3, 2021, 4:00 pm, “Comforting Food: Creating Loving, Joyful Dining Experience for Elders with Dementia.” Guest speakers: Blanca Loya, …

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NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS RE-INTRODUCED

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) joined U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to re-introduce the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The legislation is also co-sponsored by more than 100 lawmakers in the House. This legislation comes at a critical juncture for domestic workers, especially workers of color who have been …

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NMCC AND ADDCP SEND JOINT LETTER TO DDSD

The Association of Developmental Disabilities Community Providers (ADDCP), the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition (NMCC) and eight other partner organizations convened a three-day roundtable discussion on June 16, 21 and 29 to explore opportunities to collaboratively pursue policy interventions that support New Mexico’s DSP workforce.  Based on the results of this convening, a joint letter was drafted to …

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FACT SHEET: SB 342 – The Medicaid Waiver Wage Fairness and Workforce Act (sponsored by Sen. Liz Stefanics)

SB 342 will ensure that when the state raises provider pay rates in the DD and Medically Fragile waivers, a portion of the increase is passed on by provider agencies to the workers directly providing the services. The bill has three goals: fair treatment for workers, promoting an adequate workforce to provide essential services to …

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 NEWS!

The state has announced two new COVID-19 resources for New Mexico residents. New Mexico Caregivers Coalition staff have tested both resources to ensure they are both running smoothly. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is encouraging everyone—whether symptomatic or not—to take a free, in-home saliva test for COVID-19. You can sign up through the link below for …

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New Mexico minimum wage increase went into effect Friday, January 1, 2021

On January 1, 2021 the New Mexico Minimum Wage increased to $10.50 an hour. This increase is in accordance with an amendment to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act signed into law by Governor Lujan Grisham on April 1, 2019. Beginning January 1, 2021:State minimum wage: $10.50 per hourState tipped minimum wage: $2.55 per hour …

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NEW MEXICO AGAIN IN THE (GOOD) NEWS

PHI announced this week the launch of a multi-state advocacy initiative centered on improving working conditions for caregivers. PHI’s “Essential Jobs, Essential Care” aims to advocate for state laws and regulations that strengthen the caregiver workforce. This national initiative is centered on Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina and is a collaborative effort with three coalitions: IMPART …

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CAREGIVERS’ NEEDS DURING COVID-19

At the time of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, New Mexico Caregivers Coalition (NMCC) moved quickly to reallocate General Operating Funds for New Mexico caregivers’ basic needs. In order to make sound decisions on program needs, the survey was designed to provide us information on financial hardships of caregivers throughout the state and to do so in a …

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MEMBERSHIP WITH NEW MEXICO CAREGIVERS COALITION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because we cannot reach you through our typical in-person events and trainings, NMCC is offering a second way to become a Member. New Mexico Caregivers in Action, our sister organization, is a 501(c)6 and supports caregivers with programs and benefits. Read more here Dues of New Mexico Caregivers in Action …

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