Improves the lives and ensures the dignity of seniors and disabled people statewide

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today House Bill 225, the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund, which supports services for New Mexico’s senior citizens, veterans, and adults with disabilities, passed the House. The Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fundboosts those businesses and individuals who provide the services to seniors and persons with disabilities which in turn invest in their communities and local economies.

Named after long-time Representative Henry "Kiki" Saavedra who passed away in 2019,  and sponsored by Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Representative Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Representative Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Representative Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Representative Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 225 makes a crucial appropriation of $5.4 million from the general fund to the Aging and Longterm Services Department (ALTSD) to address high priority services including transportation, behavioral health, and case management.

“HB 225 will improve the lives and ensure the dignity of people from every community in New Mexico, from tribal elders in rural areas to urban grandparents taking care of their grandkids,” said Representative Susan Herrera (D-Embudo). “We are called to do all we can to protect and better serve those New Mexicans who are most vulnerable and with this bill, we are committing to seniors and people with disabilities.”

House Bill 225 supports innovative ways of looking at long-term care and a holistic approach to physical and emotional wellbeing of a diverse population of seniors and people with disabilities. Proposed programs include: creating sustainable living facilities that promote more satisfying lives, work, and relationships; providing caregivers respite from their full-time caregiving responsibilities; building out adult day care and implementing best practice models; promoting intergenerational volunteers; and creating multigenerational centers within current senior centers.

House Bill 225 passed the House floor unanimously and moves on to the Senate for consideration.