February 2017 Newsletter 
A Note from the Executive Director
In like a lion and out like a lamb. I am hoping that this proverb about March foretells the state's budget for SBHCs. We hear daily that our state's legislators are challenged to fund basic health and education services with the available budget. Given that, I urge you all to call, email and visit your legislators to emphasize how critical school-based health care is. If we all pull together, I am confident that the end of March will bring good news for our field. That will give us much to celebrate at the Second Annual NMASBHC Exemplary SBHC Awards on March 18th.  In fact, today is the day that I hope you all are submitting your applications for the awards! I know every school-based health center in New Mexico is doing something for the health of young people which is exemplary, and we look forward to celebrating all SBHCs at the luncheon during the SBHC pre-conference of Head to Toe. At that time, the center(s) selected to receive awards will be formally recognized. We hope you are planning to join us. If you haven't already, please register to attend as the early bird deadline is around the corner. And don't forget to contact your legislators!
Best wishes,
What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • SBHC Updates
    • National Focus: Hallways to Health Act Re-Introduced in Congress
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • SBHC Coordinator Call: March 9th
      • Head to Toe: Early Bird Registration Deadline March 18th
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • Medicaid Program Revisions, Open for Public Comment
    • NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: March
  • NMASBHC Updates
    • Personnel Update: Program Manager Kim Stanek Returns in March
    • NMASBHC Fundraisers: Raffle Now Open, April 19th Dine to Donate, May 9th Set for Paint & Wine
  • Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Job Postings
    • March is National Nutrition Month- Tools for Building Awareness
    • New Mexico SBHC Provider Jane Epstein's TED Talk: Why We Need to Talk to Girls About Sex
    • Envision New Mexico Training Opportunity
highlights SBHC Updates
National Focus: Hallways to Health Act Re-Introduced in Congress
Comprehensive School-Based Health Care Legislation Would Increase Children and Adolescents' Access to Primary and Mental Health Care Services. On Monday, February 13, Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Al Franken (MN), along with House Representatives John Sarbanes (MD), Debbie Dingell (MI), Eric Swalwell (CA), Rosa Delauro (CT), and John Larson (CT) re-introduced the Hallways to Health Act (S.356/H.R.1027), legislation that would provide federal support for high-quality comprehensive health care and mental health services to students at school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the country. This legislation was originally introduced last year in the 114th Congress. See more at: http://www.sbh4all.org/2017/02/hallways-health-act-re-introduced/

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.

SBHC Coordinator Call: March 9th
If you are a DOH-contracted SBHC, watch your email for announcement of an upcoming and mandatory coordinator call on Thursday, March 9th 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 Early Bird Registration Deadline of March 18th
Time is growing short. Register now to participate in the annual Head to Toe SBHC pre-conference. Registration is open, and the early bird deadline is March 18th.  See more details at: http://attendhead2toe.com/

hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
Medicaid Program Revisions, Open for Public Comment
The budget for Fiscal Year 2017 passed by the state Legislature increases Medicaid spending. However, due to Medicaid enrollment growth and a decrease in federal funding, there's a significant shortfall in state funding to maintain the current program.  Given this shortfall, the Legislature also directed the Human Services Department to make numerous adjustments to the State's Medicaid program in order to reduce spending and curb further substantial increases in Medicaid spending in the coming year. To review and comment on the potential revisions, visit:  http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/medicaid-public-comment.aspx


NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: March
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue. As of the publication of this newsletter, no March trainings had been announced. However, please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about trainings offered. 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:  HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us or call 505-476-7151. 
nmasbhcNMASBHC Updates
Personnel Update: Program Manager Kim Stanek Returns in March
Those of you who have been lucky enough to work directly with NMASBHC's Program Manager, Kim Stanek, will be happy to hear that she returns from her maternity leave in late March. We are happy to welcome her new baby girl to the world, but we'll be happy to have Kim back as well.

NMASBHC Fundraisers: Raffle Now Open, April 19th Dine to Donate, May 9th Set for Paint & Wine
NMASBHC is excited to announce a number of fundraisers for our organization, all of which provide opportunities for food and fun for participants:
  • Second Annual Fundraising Raffle:  For $5 each, purchase a raffle ticket to win fabulous prizes; the winners will be selected at the Head to Toe conference (where tickets will be available for sale).
  • April 19th  Dine to Donate Dinner at East Albuquerque Texas Roadhouse:  Schedule your dinner for the first full night of the Head to Toe conference at this local restaurant and enjoy a delicious dinner while supporting NMASBHC.                                             
  • May 9th Paint & Wine Event at Kelli Jo's in Albuquerque: Bring your Mom the Tuesday before Mother's Day to enjoy a night of creativity that benefits NMASBHC. 

clinicClinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Postings
March is National Nutrition Month - Tools for Building Awareness
Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in recognizing the importance of proper nutrition in the month of March. Share the free games and tip sheets with patients and teachers. For free and downloadable resources to celebrate and build awareness during March, visit:  http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month.

New Mexico SBHC Provider Jane Epstein's TED Talk: Why We Need to Talk to Girls About Sex
Looking for candid talk about why health care providers need to share more with young women about sexuality, listen in to Albuquerque SBHC Provider Jane Epstein, NP, in her TED Talk. To view the full video, visit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSn4OF7G9BM.

Envision New Mexico Telehealth Training Opportunity
March is National Nutrition Month and a matching training opportunity is available through Envision New Mexico's Telehealth Program. Join the presenter, Jeanne Dalen, PhD , for a session on Mindful Eating on March 8th at 8:00am. For registering and more details, visit:  http://envisionnm.unm.edu/xcalendar/event/489/.