December 2016 Newsletter 
A Note from the Executive Director
2017 is upon us, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the partners and allies of the school-based health care movement a very happy new year! I hope that it is a healthy one for you and all of those you serve, particularly the children. NMASBHC is committed to continue to fight for the health of children in this new year, as in every one previous. We hope we can count on you to join us. In that effort, I begin this year by asking for your help. Members of the staff and Board of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care are often asked to "prove" the value of school-based health. This is never as true as during the legislative session. For some, compelling proof comes in the form of data (number of children served with what types of care, number of uninsured children cared for, etc.). However, for many more, the power of stories holds sway. The human brain is wired to remember stories more readily than data; stories change how people feel, which in turn can transform how they act. With this in mind, I am asking you to spend a few moments in early 2017 sharing some stories about school-based health that are most inspiring and important to you with NMASBHC. Please email me any stories or quotes you would allow us to share in educational materials we share with the community, with state and national legislators, and with funders. You can use the prompt, "school-based health care is important because...." We are especially anxious to collect stories of care related to the New Mexico Department of Health "super priorities" of prevention and treatment related to teen births, substance misuse, obesity and diabetes as well as priorities related to adolescent tobacco use and suicide prevention. I know that SBHCs are improving the lives of New Mexico families, please help me prove it!
With a wish for peace in the new year,
What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • SBHC Updates
    • SBHC Calendars - Watch for Yours in the Mail!
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • Coming Soon: January 12th Coordinator Call
      • Head to Toe: Registration Opening in January
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • HSD LARC Unbundling Correction
    • NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: One in January
  • NMASBHC Updates
    • Prepare to Apply: NMASBHC Exemplary SBHC Applications Now Available
  • Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Job Postings
    • CDC Releases New Recommendations on HPV Immunization Practices
    • U.S. Surgeon General Releases Report on E-Cigarettes and Youth
    • SBHA Announces Webinar on Adolescent Patient Confidentiality
    • SAMHSA - HRSA Host Tools for Primary and Behavioral Health Integration
highlights SBHC Updates
SBHC Calendars - Watch for Yours in the Mail!
Thank you to the SBHC teams who submitted a photo for the NMASBHC 2017 Calendar! Teams from Roswell, Santa Rosa, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Taos, Ruidoso, EspaƱola, Santa Fe, and Lovington will be featured in our 2017 Calendar. The calendar will be distributed across the state to legislators, stakeholders, community partners, and school-based health centers. Watch for yours in the mail in the next 2 weeks! It will be accompanied by the flyer image below. Thank you so very much to the teams who submitted photos; we are grateful for your participation!

cornerSBHC Sponsor Corner
At the suggestion of the NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health, NMASBHC has added this monthly feature that includes information critical to SBHC operations that sponsoring entities will want to pay special attention to. If you have ideas or questions for this feature, please let us know! While we encourage you to ALWAYS read this section of the newsletter, we also hope you will check out all resources, especially those related to Medicaid, as you work to make your SBHC financially sustainable.

Coming Soon: January 12th SBHC Coordinator Call 
If you are a DOH-contracted SBHC, watch your email for announcement of an upcoming and mandatory coordinator call on Thursday, January 12th at 12:00pm. The email will include call-in/log-in instructions and will come from OSAH. NMASBHC will be assisting in the facilitation of this call, which will include announcements about contractual responsibilities, support around Medicaid billing, and time for questions and answers. Please designate an attendee from your team now, and watch for your email. Contact Nancy Rodriguez at NMASBHC or Kristin Oreskovich at OSAH with any questions.

Head to Toe: Conference and SBHC Pre-Conference Registration Opening in January 
You may already be planning your SBHC team's 2017 calendar and budget; if so, don't forget to set aside the time and money to participate in the annual Head to Toe SBHC pre-conference. Registration and agenda have been delayed, but will be open in January at:

hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
HSD LARC Unbundling Correction
For those working in FQHCs, RHCs or Hospital-Based Rural Health Clinics, there is a new Medical Assistance Program Manual Supplement regarding LARC unbundling that has been announced in this newsletter previously. Effective September 1st, NMHSD has unbundled the cost of the Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) from the encounter rate in order to ensure that women electing these methods have access. NMASBHC has posted the supplemental on our website at HSD is announcing a correction to the reference to "J7306" in the supplemental. This item should be J7307. This was an error in the supplement. Additionally, HSD provides the guidance that J7307 does have a price of $771.52; therefore the provider does not need to provide an invoice.

NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: One in January
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue. Please contact HSD at the email address below to get the links to register for the training offered in January:
Session 1: January 10, 2017      
Seating is limited and space is available on a first come, first served basis. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include instructions on how to join the training on its scheduled date and time. If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or for more information on training sessions being scheduled for future months, please e-mail HSD at: or call 505-476-7151. 
nmasbhcNMASBHC Updates
Prepare to Apply: NMASBHC Exemplary SBHC Applications Now Available
Did you have the opportunity to attend the 2016 Exemplary SBHC Awards Luncheon at Head to Toe? Do you want your SBHC to be recognized publically at the 2017 Awards Ceremony? Start talking with your SBHC teams now to apply! NMASBHC Committee has designed a streamlined and improved application and process. The application and instructions are available at . DOH contracted AND non-contracted sites are encouraged to apply! We can't wait to see your applications!

clinicClinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Postings
C DC Releases New Recommendations on HPV Immunization Practices
The Centers for Disease Control has released the new recommendations regarding the HPV vaccine: Use of a 2-Dose Schedule for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination - Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices: 6549a5.htm?s_cid=mm6549a5_e. The CDC also has a number of helpful parent outreach and education materials that can be used to increase immunization: School nurses and SBHCs that partner with school nurses may be particularly interested in the new "Middle School Health Starts Here" school nurse toolkit, which is available at:

U.S. Surgeon General Releases Report on E-Cigarettes; Catch My Breath Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program Responds 
The U.S. Surgeon General has released a new report titled: "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults," (, which warns that E-cigarettes are much more harmful than many realize and recommends adopting evidence-based public health strategies to educate young people. Catch My Breath, a non-profit prevention program offers free resources related to e-cig use reduction among youth, including infographics like the ones below, at their website

SBHA Announces Webinar on Adolescent Patient Confidentiality
Maintaining the confidentiality of adolescents' health information in electronic health records (EHRs) and web portals presents numerous challenges for health care professionals and administrators. Participate in a webinar hosted by SBHA featuring, Abigail English, JD, Director of Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, Chapel Hill, NCn January 17, 2017 at 12pm. To register, visit the School Based Health Alliance's website at:

SAMHSA - HRSA Host Tools for Primary and Behavioral Health Integration
School-based health centers are known for being on the cutting edge of integration between primary and behavioral health care. However, the details of integration bring unique challenges. SAMHSA/HRSA have a unique online resource for supporting integration. For more, check out: