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Centennial Care Information Events

September 20. 2013 - Now  is your chance to find out more about  Centennial Care. The Human…Continue

Started Sep 21, 2013

When will You do Your Annual Budget in Centennial Care?

September 20, 2013 - Mi Via participants who transfer to the Self-Directed Community Benefit…Continue

Started Sep 21, 2013

No Mi Via Budget Revisions Required

September 20, 2013 - Contrary to what was reported previously, Mi Via participants will NOT…Continue

Started Sep 21, 2013

Here’s What We Know So Far About Centennial Care…

New Mexico is changing its Medicaid program, to be called Centennial Care.  Medicaid…Continue

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Started Jun 29, 2013


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Beth Mount talks about System-Centered vs Person-Centered

In this film Beth Mount explains how Person-Centered work differs from System-Centered. For more information on Open Future Learning visit www.openfuturelear...
Apr 25, 2013
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Public Hearing: Proposed regulations to Mi Via waiver

The New Mexico Department of Human Services (HSD) submitted amendments to the Mi Via waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for approval. The amendments include:Change the definition of developmental disabilities;Require individuals who want to be Independent Contractors to provide Customized In Home Living Services, and other certain services, to submit an IRS SS8 form to determine if they are eligible to be a contractor; Use of debit cards to pay for goods and services;Add dental…See More
Apr 10, 2013
Jill Kennon replied to Rebecca Shuman's discussion Proposed Changes to Mi Via Regulations
"In regards to cell phone -  Many people find that for some items, texting is much lighter to do  than the "5000 lb." phone call, where you have to deal with things in immediate time, deal with the reaction of the other person,…"
Feb 3, 2012

Who I am...

Hi.  I am a Mi Via Consultant because I believe in self-determination and participant-direction.  I am a facilitator and practitioner of person-centered work, which I draw upon as a consultant.  Person-centered work is essential to success with self-determination and participant-direction.  It is important because it answers the question, "how will you show up in community?"  My approach to helping Mi Via participants craft a plan and design a budget is to be creative about how to achieve the lifestyle you want.  I help people explore and access lots of resources, not just Mi Via services, like other publicly-funded services, community resources, help from family and friends, paid and unpaid.  Ultimately, I see my job description as a Mi Via Consultant to facilitate life-opportunities with participants and do whatever it takes to help a participant have success with Mi Via.


Here is a little bit about my past work and experiences:  I worked for The Arc for 30 years.  During these years, I have been an advocate and champion for self-determination for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  While Executive Director of The Arc of Midland, Michigan, I developed a group of facilitators of person-centered planning who helped make and implement life plans with people with developmental disabilities.  This person-centered approach helped people select supports and services to achieve what was most important to them.  I facilitate PATH and MAPS.  The Arc of Midland also developed a staffing service for individuals hiring their own staff.  While Executive Director of The Arc of New Mexico, I planned and implemented the Institute on Self-Determination for individuals with ID/DD and their families.  I advocated for and promoted the development of Mi Via.  I have advocated for participants of Mi Via and helped several individuals with fair hearings involving Mi Via.


It has been a joy and a wonder, sharing life with so many people and helping to achieve dreams and find people's space in community life.  Combining person-centered planning, the support of friends and allies, and individualized, self-directed funding for support is the perfect combination for a life well lived!



Please feel free to contact me, Rebecca Shuman, at 505-228-7237 or email me at:

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Public Hearing: Proposed regulations to Mi Via waiver

The New Mexico Department of Human Services (HSD) submitted amendments to the Mi Via waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for approval. The amendments include:

  • Change the definition of developmental disabilities;
  • Require individuals who want to be Independent Contractors to provide Customized In Home Living Services,…

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:30am

We will not forget

It is the last few hours of the Toronto Summer Institute and John O'Brien is leading us through a reflective process before we leave.  One of our reflections asks what our calling is or what we want to create, and then, what are our fears about doing that.  I find my fear to be that I will lower my expectations and accept less, and I fear this because I think this may have been happening, actually since my arrival in New Mexico.  It suddenly becomes clear to me that I have been taking…


Posted on July 14, 2011 at 8:30pm

Create Theater

In the 2nd session of design-thinking, my group got a sense of the butterfly that might emerge.  We have 3 possibilities for prototyping tomorrow - 1) how to create a partnership with health insurance companies to provide and pay for facilitation for individuals and families; 2) create a theater-concept/a play that explains what happens back stage so what happens on stage is possible; and 4) um-mm - I can't remember.  My sites are set on prototyping a theater-concept/a play to help…


Posted on July 12, 2011 at 9:42pm

Speak Easy - The Marketplace - Waddie Welcome

Before the butterfly is a cocoon full of goo.  Today, I wallowed in the goo with others as John O'Brien led us on a journey of design-thinking.  We will work on design thinking for 2 more days when, hopefully, the butterfly emerges.  I am one of three whose challenge is:  "What might happen with the provision of facilitation for individuals and families who have individualized funding that assured bureaucratic shielding, community engagement and partnerships."  Interestingly, in our…


Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:36pm

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At 12:24pm on February 8, 2012, sammye sampsel burrus said…

great.  i do not know what PATH is or MAPS.  just looking around.

At 9:00am on June 23, 2011, Linda S. Alvarez said…
Hey Rebecca, It has been a long time. Hello everybody else!

I'll pass this along to Philip and have him send some pics.

Let's meet some time. Here or there.

At 8:57am on June 23, 2011, Martha Mason said…
Much love to you, Rebecca.
At 6:30pm on June 22, 2011, Andrew MacRae said…

Thanks Rebecca,  This is great!

- Andrew

At 6:07pm on June 22, 2011, cheryl dymond said…
tx, did you see my gorgeous profile picture? my cat, of course
At 3:43pm on June 5, 2011, Lauri Oster said…
Thanks Rebecca! Good idea.

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