ABWL Adult Nursing Services are designed to meet a variety of health conditions experienced by adults receiving services on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) Program. These services are intended to support the highest practicable level of health, functioning and independence for individuals, age twenty-one (21) and older, who do not already receive Adult Nursing through another service.

There are two categories of Adult Nursing Service:

Nursing Assessment and Consultation Services

This core nursing service provides an initial and annual comprehensive health assessment and subsequent consultation from the nurse to the individual, family/guardian and, as requested, with the team. This activity is required for all participants in Family Living and is available to all individuals in the service settings listed above.

Ongoing Adult Nursing Services

This nursing service provides focused nursing supports that are based on the needs identified in the comprehensive health assessment. Ongoing Adult Nursing requires prior authorization and is an optional service that can be selected by individuals, their families, and guardians. Several elements of ongoing Adult Nursing Services are required for certain individuals receiving Family Living.

Adult Nursing Services support the delivery of professional nursing services in compliance with the New Mexico Nurse Practice Act and in accordance with professional standards of practice. Adult Nursing Services are a model of nursing intended to support the individual towards a goal of maximum practicable independence and access to the general health care system, while providing a framework of ongoing DDW nursing supports as needed.