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DOH and NMSD Sign Memorandum of Understanding

NM Department of Health and NMSD Sign Memorandum of Understanding in Round the Roundhouse
This is the image for the news article titled NM Department of Health and NMSD Sign Memorandum of Understanding in Round the RoundhouseThis Memorandum ensures that young children identified through Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) are able to receive early intervention services from NMSD service providers who are specifically trained to work with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

The Memorandum ensures that young children identified through Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) are able to receive early intervention services from NMSD service providers who are specifically trained to work with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) and the 2016 New Mexico Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth Task Force Report.  These services also align with the services and support families receive from their local FIT agency.

“The partnership between the Department of Health and FIT programs and the New Mexico School for the Deaf Early Intervention Programs ensures that deaf and hard of hearing children in all corners of the state have access to specialized services,” NMSD Superintendent Rosemary J. Gallegos said. “With a common service approach that honors families and focuses on the child’s strengths in accessing language and communication, our state resources are combined to increase our impact on the health and well-being of NM children who are deaf and hard of hearing and make a lasting impact on their quality of life and aspirations.” 

“The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico School for the Deaf have long shared an important partnership that is further strengthened by our signing this MOU,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “As September is recognized as Newborn Screening Awareness Month, it is vital that we continue our shared work to ensure that young children identified with hearing loss receive early intervention services that will help them reach their full potential."

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