Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Adaptive Skill Building Services

Providing in-home, evidence-based intervention to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder


What is the ASB Program?

Adaptive Skill Building (ASB) is a program funded through the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD). The program's goal is to provide intervention services to children, ages five through seventeen, who have a well-documented autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. The ASB program is designed to be a fill-in-the-gaps, state-wide program, wherein children who have no other means of accessing services are afforded an opportunity to receive time-limited intervention (6-10 hours of direct intervention per week for up to 2 years).

Children who meet criteria for admission receive direct, individualized, applied behavior analytic (ABA) intervention services. These services are provided in the home and community, allowing for generalization of skills across natural settings. Services are rendered by private agencies which contract with DOH while the Autism Programs at the CDD oversees and manages the program. This means that the Autism Programs receives applications, reviews eligibility for entry into the program, manages the waitlist, assigns cases to agencies, provides clinical oversight during the course of intervention, and supports families through Case Management and access to Family Resource Specialists. The Autism Programs also delivers technical assistance and training to agencies.

How many children are enrolled?

The number of children served each year is dependent on the State budget, and in turn the specific budget of DOH. On average, approximately sixty children are actively enrolled in the ASB program through four contracted agencies.

Who provides the intervention service?

Intervention services are provided by local community agencies that have contracted with DOH. These agencies currently include:

In addition, the Autism Programs provides ASB services to a limited number of children in various areas of the state.

What if services are not available in my area?

In addition to managing "wait lists" for each geographic service area, the CDD maintains an "interested parties list." If you reside in a county that is not currently served, we are happy to include your information on our “interested parties” list and contact you in the event that services are expanded to your area.

Is my child eligible?

To be eligible, your child must meet DOH's pre-determined inclusionary criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 5 and 17.
  • Applicants must have a well-documented medical diagnosis of ASD (i.e., Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, or Asperger's Disorder).
  • Applicants must have documented adaptive skill deficits.

Also, certain exclusionary factors are considered:

  • If an applicant is dually-diagnosed and the behaviors/symptoms targeted for intervention are primarily due to the presence of the co-morbid psychiatric disorder, this program may not be suitable for the applicant.
  • If the goal is to utilize ASB services within the school, residential living, or inpatient hospitalization settings, this program may not be suitable for the applicant.
  • If the goal is to utilize ASB services, despite being eligible for comparable services through other funding sources (e.g., the Mia Via Waiver, Medicaid’s Behavior Management Services, or private insurance coverage), the applicant may not be eligible for this program.
  • If treatment does not range between 6-10 hours per week due to the availability of the applicant and/or family, or if the need for intervention is less than the minimum amount of service hours permissible (i.e., 6 hrs), treatment through this care model may not be indicated.
  • If the behavioral health needs of a client are greater than can be managed appropriately through the ASB program, this service may not be appropriate for the applicant.

If you are not sure if your child meets the inclusionary and/or exclusionary criteria listed above, please contact the ASB Program at the Autism Programs and staff will work closely with you to determine eligibility.

Who do I contact to apply or ask questions?

For more information, or to apply for the Adaptive Skill Building (ASB) program call (505) 272-1852 or 1-800-270-1861.