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.
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.
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: