Children & Teenagers


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General Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury Resources 

  • Glascow Coma Scale
  • Craig Hospital Brain Injury Resources
  • Brian Injury Survival Kit
    • Author: Cheryle Sullivan, MD and TBI survivor
  • Love Your Brain
    • non-profit by Olympic athlete, Kevin Pearce, who sustained a TBI and works to improve the quality of life of people affected by TBI
  • The Brain’s Way of Healing
    • Author: Normal Doidge, MD
    • Highlights cases, research, and science behind interventions based on the brain’s ability to make new connections around areas of brain injury


New Mexico Brain Injury Organizations and Resources

Social work and resources for children and their families:


Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico:

7021 Prospect Pl. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: (505) 292-7414 or (888) 292-7415 (Toll-free, in-state)


Email:  General:, President: Mark Pedrotty,

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico (BIANM), a nonprofit 501c3 organization, has been the go to resource in NM for supporting people and their families living with brain injury, concussions, and strokes for over 30 years.  BIANM is a one stop shop that helps people get the right treatment at the right time to improve the chances of their recovery.   They provide support and resources to people living with brain injury, their families, and the community.   Hundreds of calls each year request help in finding resources, navigating complex systems, and dealing with the overwhelming emotional distress of life-changing brain injuries. Volunteers, brain injury specialists and board members provide direct support and helpful information. Training to companies, organizations and schools across the state on prevention of brain injury, and understanding the needs of those living with a brain injury is provided. In addition to hosting an annual conference the organization was instrumental in founding the Brain Injury Advisory Council, and in providing grass roots support to ensure the passage of the New Mexico Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund and long term services to people living with brain injury.  Free support groups are provided to help people thrive.   A brain injury shouldn’t result in isolation, depression, failure, and loss of hope. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico, through volunteers and staff is there to offer support and resources to maximize recovery and help people living with brain injury and their families thrive.


Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC):

491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Lamy Building, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-7328



The mission of the BIAC is to advocate for the development of a statewide system of comprehensive, community-based resources that will maximize personal choices and functional independence of persons with brain injuries, and promote prevention.

The BIAC is committed to education/public awareness of brain injury issues, evaluation of existing services, advocate for increased individualized services and support the collaboration of state government and community based services in regards to brain injury services statewide.

New Mexico Human Service Department Brain Injury Program:

2025 S. Pacheco St. Santa Fe, NM

Phone: (505) 827 – 7218



The New Mexico Department of Human Services administers the New Mexico Brain Injury Service Fund and the Centennial Care Programs.

The Brain Injury Program offers short-term services to New Mexicans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury, who do not have access to long-term Medicaid services and who have a crisis need. The Program also offers resource materials and training/educational opportunities specific to individuals with brain injury, family members, professionals and other interested persons.

The New Mexico Brain Injury Resource Center (BIRC):

The NM Department of Health currently has ARCA managing the NM Brain Injury Resource Center

1503 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Telephone: 1-844-366-2472 (1-844-3NM-BIRC) or (505)243-3835


Crystal Cantu, Brain Injury  and ARCA Service Development Division Director:  John Pimentel  (505)235-7478

The New Mexico Brain Injury Resource Center is a one stop shop for information and referrals on a wide variety of topics related to Brain Injury including services, supports, and conditions.  A variety of brain injury related topics and resources, including services, education, advocacy, and guidance with complex system are available. Brain Injury Information specialist is available to provide confidential support following a brain injury. Person with brain injury, their family or friends, and professionals can utilize this free statewide hotline to answer questions, find brain injury support resources, navigate complicated systems, and assist with the education of family, employers, and professionals.


University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (CDD):

2300 Menaul Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

Phone:  (505) 272-0411 or (888) 849-0921


Janelle Groover, MPH, CIRS A/D Health Educator 505-272-8549

The CDD provides information, outreach, and referral services; continued education for professionals; peer and family support services.  In addition the CDD has a trained bilingual information specialist, a resource and lending library that will mail books to you, and an online disability resource directory.

Special Needs Resources Project:  New Mexico:

Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) provides a basic guide for parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs. This site is designed to help you get a jump-start in your search for helpful information and resources. Our aim is to help you learn the basic skills you’ll need to obtain the specific resource information, equipment, and services your child and family needs. Though focused on children ages 0-22, most of the information we offer is applicable to adults as well. 

Disability Rights New Mexico:

Disability Rights New Mexico is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. They are the designated protection and advocacy program for New Mexico, and as such they have authority under federal law to pursue legal, administrative and other remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities.

1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 204

Albuquerque, NM 87110

Tele/TTY: (505) 256-3100

Fax: (505) 256-3184

State-wide Toll Free: 1-800-432-4682


Las Cruces:

133 Wyatt Drive, Suite 11

Las Cruces, NM 88005

Tele: (575) 541-1305

Fax: (575) 647-9056

Las Vegas:

P.O. Box 879

Las Vegas, NM 87701

Tele: (505) 425-5265


Case management  

  • In acute care and rehabilitation settings, utilize institutional case management
    • As you are caring for your child, utilize the services of case management to access resources and guide you to “next steps”
  • Insurance case management
    • Ask your doctor or case manager to help advocate for you to have a case manager through your insurance company to navigate insurance benefits
  • Goodwill Industries of New Mexico


  • Parent to parent
    • Parents Reaching Out
    • Cathy Salazar
      • Fosters children and is very knowledgeable about how to navigate the system, how to advocate for your child, and what resources are available in our community
      • (505)235-4681
  • Marybeth Barkocy
    • Pediatric physical therapist, on faculty in the physical therapy program at UNM, and mom of teenage son who suffered a severe TBI
    • (505)272-9870

Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico:

Albuquerque Support Group (survivors and caregivers):

This group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Meeting place:
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
7000 Jefferson NE


David Small at 858-0939

Albuquerque Survivors:

This group, for survivors only, meets on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m.

Meeting place:

Albuquerque Regional Medical Center
505 Elm St. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Cardo Gallegos at 288-1216

Albuquerque Professionals:

This group meets every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Brain Injury Association of New Mexico
121 Cardenas NE (East of San Mateo, North of Central)
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Laura Reed at 281-0665

The Clubhouse:

This group meets the first and third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Meeting place:

Brain Injury Association of New Mexico
121 Cardenas NE (East of San Mateo, North of Central)
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Alicia Sisneros at 292-7414

Volunteer Work Group:

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting place:

Brain Injury Association of New Mexico
121 Cardenas NE (East of San Mateo, North of Central)
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Ralph Frakes at 296-0173

Santa Fe Brain Injury Support Group:

This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Toney Anaya Building, Hearing Room 1
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

No contact information available on this group.  For more information contact the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico at 1-888-292-7415 or


A New Life Counseling (Una Nueva Vida Counseling):

Provides Mental health treatment services and Substance use treatment services. Offers mental health services, including family counseling, depression counseling and addiction counseling.

532 Adams St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

505 265-9393


Financial resources


Metro Region:

Goodwill Industries of NM

5000 San Mateo NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 881-6401


Northeast Region:

Goodwill Industries of NM

3060 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87507

(505) 881 – 6401


Northwest Region:

Goodwill Industries of NM

1820 E. Highway 66

Gallup, NM 87301

(505) 863-6374


Southeast Region:

Goodwill Industries of NM

2601 N. Main St.

Roswell, NM 88201

(575) 622-4980


Southwest Region:

Goodwill Industries of NM

2407 W. Picacho St.

Las Cruces, NM 88007

(505) 881-6401


NM Medicaid Waiver; Disability Services and Waivers

DD Waiver


Medicaid Waivers

(505) 476-8973 or Toll Free:1-877-696-1472


Social Security Income (SSI)


NM Aging and Long Term Services Department


Aging and Disability Resource Center

Assists persons with disabilities and caregivers to find services and resources to help them live well and independently.



Crime Victim’s Reparation Compensation:

If the injury was a result of a violent crime, you may be eligible for a one time compensation.

(800) 306-6262 (assistance to victims)


Medical and Rehabilitation services

New Mexico Rehabilitation Hospitals:

Carrie Tingley Hospital

1127 University Blvd.

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: (505) 272-5200 and (800) 472-3235 (Toll-Free, In-State)


This hospital provides post-acute inpatient, and outpatient short-term and long-term  specialized care for children and young adults with brain injuries,  physical and/or cognitive disabilities or chronic medical problems.

There is a specialized brain injury program for children from adolescents up to age 21. The program includes, but may not be limited to, rehabilitation, day hospital, and outpatient programs. The treatment process involves an interdisciplinary team of professionals, family members and community liaisons.

There may be low-cost lodging available for family members who reside outside of the Albuquerque area. In addition, the hospital has many clinics and telehealth services throughout the state that can continue working with children on an outpatient basis upon their return home. Please contact the hospital for more information about the programs and services available. Contact 272 5355 for outpatient rehabilitation services, 505 272 5271 for Pediatric Physiatry, 505 272 4244 for Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology, 505 272 8833 for neuropsychology services.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

7000 Jefferson NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109

Phone: (505) 344-9478 and (800) 293-7226 (Toll-Free, In-State)


This rehabilitation hospital’s Brain Injury Program provides specialized, comprehensive, interdisciplinary programs for adults and adolescents with brain injury or associated neurological disorders.

The combined effort of professionals, family members and patients facilitates the progress toward the achievement of each patient’s specific goals. The facility offers a wide continuum of care including, but not limited to, therapies (i.e. OT, PT, Speech), neuropsychology, cognitive skills, nursing, psychiatry, behavior management, social skills, communication and many others.

They offer acute, in-patient and outpatient programs. In addition, a Brain Injury Day Treatment Program is available.

Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital

505 Elm Street NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: (505) 727-4700


This hospital offers a multidisciplinary team approach to the rehabilitation process to include family members, doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physiatrists, and many other professional and ancillary supports.

Individualized rehabilitation programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each program participant. They offer acute, inpatient and outpatient services.

Contact the rehabilitation facility directly for specific information regarding the programs offered.

New Mexico Rehabilitation Center

31 Gail Harris

Roswell, NM 88203

Phone: (505) 347-3400


This organization provides acute rehabilitation services to individuals with brain injuries. They offer nursing, psychiatry services, psychiatry, traditional therapies (i.e. OT, PT, and Speech) on an in-patient and outpatient basis. The organization also offers dual diagnosis brain injury treatment services for individuals who are cognitively able to participate in this program.

San Juan Rehabilitation Hospital (In-patient)

525 South Schwartz

Farmington, NM 87401

Phone: (505) 327-3422


This rehabilitation facility provides in-patient PT, OT, Speech and Therapeutic Recreation Therapy.

San Juan Rehabilitation Hospital (Out-patient)

727 West Animas

Farmington, NM 87401

Phone: (505) 564-8563


This rehabilitation facility provides outpatient PT, OT and Speech Therapy.

Regional Rehabilitation Hospitals:

Craig Hospital

“Redefining possible for people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries”

3425 S. Clarkson St. Englewood, CO 80113

Main line:  (303)789-8000

Nurse advice line:  1-800-247-0257

Admissions director (303)789-8344 or


Mentis Neuro Health: “Excellence in Individualized Care”

El Paso, Austin, Houston, Ohio

1-855-921-7978  email


Barrow Neurological Institute: Phoenix, Arizona



(no one specializes in TBI)

Sally Harris, MD

Douglas Barrett, MD

Wendy Dimmett, MD

Daniel Shibuya, MD


Psychological and Psychiatric Resources


UNM Center for Neuropsychological Services

Parent’s guide to pediatric neuropsychological assessment:

UNM/HSC North Campus
915 Vassar Dr. NE Suite 170
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Map and Driving Directions

Phone Number:
Tel: (505)272-8833
Fax: (505)272-8316


John H. King, Ph.D., ABPP or Jeffery Young, Ph.D:

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology

Board Certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Neuropsychological Services of New Mexico

4001 Indian School Road NE Suite 310

Albuquerque, NM  87110-3816

505-404-9395 (Office)

505-299-4740 (Fax)


Jonathan Kurtyka, PhD

Ronald Yeo, PhD

Rex Jung, PhD

Monica Gilboa, PhD

Dina Hill, PhD

Robert Thoma, PhD

Jill Ryan, PhD





Mark Pedrotty, PhD  Rehabilitation Psychologist

Carrie Tingley Hospital Outpatient – UNM

1127 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Telephone: 505 272 4244  fax 505 272 6500



David Durham, MD

Davin Quinn, MD

Psychosomatic medicine; neuropsychiatry traumatic brain injury; non-invasive neurostimulation; psychoanalytic psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy; neuropsychiatry

2600 Marble Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505) 272-4712


Outpatient Rehabilitation Services:

Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Speech Language therapy:

  • Carrie Tingley Hospital Outpatient- UNMH
  • 1127 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • (505) 272-5335 or 1 (800) 272 4511

Rehabilitation Services including:     Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Adaptive Equipment, Orthotics and Prosthetic

  • UNM Speech and Hearing: cognitive rehab and speech language therapy
    • Medicaid billing; self-pay, sliding scale for all others
    • (505)277-4453


Indigo Care

Educational/School Resources


Assistive Technology

Megan Shanley, OTR/L

Works for Southwest Neuropsychology & Behavioral Health  (

Southwest Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Practitioner, and I perform AT evaluations and consultations in addition to working with students with various types of disabilities to find the right technology tools for them.

Office fees are $150 per hour; the average hours for a consult are one session of 1-2 hours and an hour-long follow-up depending on your needs at the time.  Evaluations are usually between 6-8 hours, depending on the complexity of the case and options explored.  Insurance does not typically cover these services.

Transition Services When Your Child is 16-17 Years Old 

  • John Chimarusti, PhD, LMSW at Carrie Tingley Hospital
    • (505)272-5296
    • John Chimarusti has written a document about transition that is a tremendous resource, called “Getting Ready for Transition.” To read it, click here.
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
    • See Vocational Rehabilitation and Services
  • Independent living
  • CNM bridge
  • Legal considerations for adulthood: start a few months before 18th birthday

Court involvement:

  • Guardianship: for medical, educational, and financial care
    • Most supportive and restrictive; judge determines need
  • Conservatorship: for financial

No court involvement/ lawyer prepares documents:

• Trust: If child is able to appoint parents as trustees or co-trustees.

• Advanced Directives for medical care decisions if child becomes unable to make decisions on his/her own


Vocational Rehabilitation and Services


Project Succeed:

5301 Central Ave. NE

Suite 1600

Phone: (505) 841-6450 or (800) 318-1469

This program assists individuals in obtaining information about going back to work without losing public benefits or finding alternative benefits while working. There are five locations statewide. Some locations also offer employment assistance.


Ticket to Work:

Phone:  (505) 954-8500 or (800) 224-7005 (New Mexico Ticket to work Coordinator)


This program offers individuals age 18-64 receiving SSI or SSDI the opportunity to return to work full time. These individuals continue to receive benefit checks until a certain amount of money is made each month.

Medicare can also be kept for four and a half years following the termination of benefits. If the individual does not continue working full time, return to full benefits is possible. This program is an incentive for employers to hire individuals with disabilities. There is an outcome payment for employers who successfully employ individuals with disabilities.


New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions:

Main State Administrative Office

401 Broadway NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: (505) 841-2000


The mission of this government entity is to enhance productivity and competitiveness of New Mexico business and industry by improving the quality and availability of the New Mexico workforce. This organization provides job training, employment search, career fairs and many related employment activities. Contact this office for specific program information and to find a local office.


New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation:

NMDVR is a state and federally funded agency that helps prepare people with disabilities to get employment through individualized employment planning, services and support.  They also work with companies that want to hire people with disabilities.

Who receives NMDVR services?

Persons 14 or older who have a medically documented disability, who want to work and who need assistance to get and keep a job may be eligible to receive NMDVR Services.

How can NMDVR help?

Every person, or “participant,” who uses this service is assigned a vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC), and is interviewed to identify their strengths, talents, circumstances, and needs.  They work with their VRC to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), or their “roadmap to success”, to determine what supports they need to start working or return to work.

NMDVR may:

  • Provide Guidance and Counseling (G&C) in finding a career/job based on the participant’s goals, strengths, interests, skills and abilities.
  • Send a participant for a work skills assessment to help determine if additional training, education or job site supports are needed.
  • Provide job support services such as trial work experiences, on-the-job training, and/or job placement assistance and support; this may include referral to an NMDVR approved job developer.
  • Provide “follow along” services for up to 90 days after someone has started a job to make sure it is a good fit and that they have the supports needed to keep the job.
  • Help find and get assistive technologies to aid the participant to be successful. This may include referrals to organizations such NM Technical Assistance Program (NMTAP).
  • Connect a participant with a specialized benefits advisor who can provide information about Social Security and the Ticket to Work incentive program.

NMDVR also prepares students with disabilities for employment after high school, starting at age 14, through their school’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


  • Determination of eligibility for NMDVR services may take up to 60 days. After becoming eligible, it may take up to 90 days to develop an IPE.
  • Once a participant’s case is closed successfully by getting a job, they are eligible for Post-Employment Services (PES) for up to 10 years. This means they can go back to DVR and re-open their case at any point during this time.
  • Partners for Employment (PFE) works to build capacity within New Mexico among professionals, families, self-advocates/jobseekers, employers and others. Visit their website for upcoming trainings and helpful documents.

Questions?  Call the CDD Information Network at

1-800-552-8195 or 505-272-8549


For more information:

New Mexico DVR


NMDVR Rehabilitation Guide – local office contact information

Eligibility Criteria

Navajo Nation Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services


NM Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)


US Department of Labor

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

NM Workforce Connection

Partners for Employment (PFE)

Ticket to Work Program

Helps people receiving Social Security disability benefits return to work


Project Think Work

Employment Toolkit, Data, Stories, etc.

Funded in part by the NM Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NMDDPC)



State Administrative Office

435 St. Michaels Drive

Building D

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 954-8500

(800) 224-7005




2300 Indian Wells Rd.

Alamogordo, NM 88310

Phone: (505) 437-6550

(800) 901-7868




Albuquerque North (Area 5)

3121 Amherst NE

Suite B

Albuquerque, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 841-5750

(800) 818-3259



Albuquerque North (Area 8)

5301 Central Ave. NE

Suite 1600

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: (505) 841-6450



Albuquerque East (Area 2)

7905 Marble NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: (505) 232-8701

(866) 877-3216



Albuquerque West (Area 6)

5205 Quail NW

Albuquerque, NM 87120

Phone: (505) 836-1774

(888) 818-3263



Albuquerque South Valley

1710 Rio Bravo SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105

Phone: (505) 877-7673

(888) 815-2981




P.O. Box 3810

Anthony, NM 88021

Phone: (575) 882-1023

(888) 901-7868





911 Castillo Ave.

Belen, NM 87002

Phone: (505) 864-1617

(888) 901-7903




1127 South Canal

Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone: (505) 885-8821

(800) 645-0258




100 E. Manana Boulevard #17

Clovis, NM 88101

Phone: (505) 763-3437

(800) 645-2143




706-B La Joya Street

Espanola, NM 87532

Phone: (505) 753-2908

(888) 901-3647




2901 Hutton

Farmington, NM 87402

Phone: (505) 327-5123

(888) 901-7901




234 East Nizhoni Boulevard

Gallup, NM 87301

Phone: (505) 722-6045

(800) 279-5681




726 E. Michigan, Suite 160

Hobbs, NM 88240

Phone: (505) 393-3330

(888) 201-5859



Las Cruces

210 Nevarez Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001

Phone: (505) 524-6135

(888) 901-7866



Las Vegas

2515 Ridge Runner Road

Las Vegas, NM 87701

Phone: (505) 425-9365

(888) 901-7865




105 Broadway

P.O Box 3627

Moriarty, NM 87035

Phone: (505) 832-5038

(888) 901-7864





217 York Canyon Road

Raton, NM 87740

Phone: (505) 445-2852

(888) 901-7863




Rio Rancho

3791 Southern Blvd. SE

Suite 210

Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Phone: (505) 896-4500

(866) 585-5446




1014 S. Atkinson Avenue

Roswell, NM 88203

Phone: (505) 624-6024

(800) 644-7732



Santa Fe

2109 Warner Circle

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 827-3526

(800) 773-4072



Silver City

1622 E. Pine Street

Silver City, NM 88061

Phone: (505) 538-5351

(888) 901-7861




508 N. California

Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: (505) 835-4243

(888) 901-7903




224 Cruz Alta Street

Taos, NM 87571

Phone: (505) 758-4348

(888) 901-7869




The Albuquerque DVR office specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury Vocational Programing for more information contact the coordinator of the program at:

5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 1600

Albuquerque, NM 87108

(505) 841-6450


Recreation and Wellness Programs

Open Mind Nights:

City of Albuquerque Therapeutic Recreation Program




New Mexico Adaptive Programs: “Our mission is to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities through recreation.” Provides recreation programs such as skiing, swimming, soccer, archery, drumming, dance, and many, many more. To see their 2016 information booklet, click here. To visit their website, click here:

Love Your Brain Yoga: Love Your Brain is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase awareness for persons who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, and to help provide an avenue for these friends in our community to begin adaptive yoga and meditation classes to aid in their healing. Click here to visit their website.