Contact Us

Elizabeth Donsbach
Program Specialist, TEASC
Phone: 505-272-5158
Fax: 505-272-5149

Antoinette (Toni) Benton, M.D.
Medical Director
Phone: 505-272-5158
Fax: 505-272-5149
Email Dr. Benton

Mailing Address:
MSC09 5040
1 University of NM
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


The Transdisciplinary Evaluation and Support Clinic (TEASC), funded by the New Mexico Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Supports Division, is a consultation team that includes family practice providers, psychiatrists, experts in social services and health care systems, and a clinical social worker. The team may include other specialists such as a neurologist or sign language interpreter.

TEASC offers in-home and clinic-based consultation to adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and complex medical, mental health, and support system needs. TEASC assistance does not replace the direct care provided by the client’s primary care doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, interdisciplinary team, or other care givers.

Individuals who have intellectual/developmental disabilities live diverse and interesting lives: they have families and friends, get married, enjoy sports, art, music, dancing, and hold jobs. Developmental disabilities are those diagnosed before the age of 22 and include cerebral palsy, autism, and seizure disorders. Developmental disabilities also include the intellectual and functional impairments that reduce the ability to perform independent living skills such as personal hygiene, household chores, and personal finances. Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities may need help from many types of professional and community supporters. Many clients have a support team that may include a case manager, behavioral support consultant, speech/language therapist and homecare providers.

  • Evaluations by the team at the University of New Mexico Family Practice Clinic (Adult Special Needs Clinic);
  • Evaluations by the team in the community where the person lives, e.g. in their home, workplace or other location determined by the person’s needs and wishes (TEASC Evaluation);
  • Evaluations by the team at local community clinics (Outreach Clinic);
  • Comprehensive reporting of evaluation findings and recommendations;
  • Participation in collaborative community clinics with local providers;
  • Teaching and training for medical students and residents, as well as trainees in other disciplines such as nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, psychology, speech/language pathology, and physical therapy;
  • Training for community providers;
  • Research and program assessment; and,
  • Collaboration and consultation with the state in system design and review.

Who is Eligible for TEASC Evaluation?

Any person with a developmental disability, age 18 or older, living in New Mexico, or their family, provider, or advocate may request a TEASC evaluation or consultation. TEASC services are provided at no cost to the individual.

How Referrals Are Made

TEASC can be contacted for an evaluation by telephone or written request. After an initial screening, TEASC staff and the referring party discuss options which may include:

  • Directing the individual to community resources;
  • Requesting additional background information; and,
  • Scheduling an evaluation date.

Faculty & Staff

Toni Benton, M.D.
Program Director/Family Practitioner

Patricia W. Beery, M.A.
Senior Program Manager

Elizabeth Donsbach, B.A.
Program Specialist

May Goldenberg, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Helene Silverblatt, M.D.

Gail Thaler, M.D.

Carol Montoya
Administrative Assistant II