November 2016 Newsletter 
A Note from the Executive Director
The holidays can be a challenging time for many young people. We often hear from SBHCs that their services are critical to students who find extended school breaks traumatic and the pressure of "happy family" expectations unrealistic. This, along with the uptick in post-election harassment and conflict facing many children, may be presenting stressors for those of you working in SBHCs. I hope you will find the resources herein helpful as you face these challenges, and I hope you will find some of the good news bracing as well. As you wrap up the 2016 school year, we hope you will find peace in the knowledge that your service to children makes you our heroes! And, please consider taking advantage of the opportunities to be recognized as such through our Calendar Photo Contest and Exemplary SBHC Awards; read on for more. And if you only read one thing in this newsletter, go watch the video of Wangari Maathai telling a story (link in final story) - because you are hummingbirds!
With wishes for peace,
What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • SBHC Updates
    • Manzano High SBHC Hosts Community for Grand Opening
    • SBHC Calendar Contest Now Open!
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • Coming Soon: December 16th Progress Report Deadline
      • Save the Date: January Coordinator Call
      • Head to Toe: SBHC Pre-Conference Registration Opens December 6th
      • Invite Your Legislators for a Visit
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • HSD Announces LARC Unbundling
    • NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: One in December
  • NMASBHC Updates
    • Prepare to Apply: NMASBHC Exemplary SBHC Applications Now Available
    • NMASBHC November Paint and Wine Fundraiser - Thank You!
  • Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Job Postings
    • Trauma Resources for Post-Election Harassment
highlights SBHC Updates
Manzano High SBHC Hosts Community for Grand Opening
NMASBHC staff and Board Members were pleased to attend the grand opening of the Manzano High School SBHC in Albuquerque on November 15th! The UNM Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine SBHC team welcomed dozens of community and state dignitaries, students and partners. We would like to thank the UNM Team for shining the light on the good work of ALL SBHCs by hosting this great event. And congratulations to Manzano High and Albuquerque Public Schools for this investment. Pictured below, SBHC Team Members, Manzano students, APS Board Members, and Secretary of Health cut the ribbon to officially open the SBHC. Go Monarchs!

SBHC Calendar Contest Now Open! 
Want to show off your SBHC Team? Submit your photo for the NMASBHC 2017 Calendar today! Submit your best SBHC photo to be featured in our 2017 SBHC Calendar. The top 13 photos will be included, and the calendar will be distributed across the state to legislators, stakeholders, community partners, and school-based health centers. The deadline to submit your SBHC photo is December 12, 2016. Visit for instructions and more information. If you have questions please email .

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: December 16th Progress Report Deadline 
If you are a DOH-contracted SBHC, your Progress Report deadline is around the corner! If you need technical assistance with entry into Command Center/Hub, please contact Jamie Duvall at Apex at

Save the Date: January 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: SBHC Pre-Conference Registration Opens December 6th 
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 will be available on December 6th at:

Invite Your Legislators for a Visit
Did you know that every New Mexico Senator and Representative was either newly elected or newly re-elected in the November election? Use this opportunity to introduce or re-introduce your SBHC to him or her! Congratulate them on their election and offer to host a visit to your SBHC. Consider sharing data with them about your services (if you are DOH-contracted, use data from Command Center's administrator report). This could make all the difference as legislators decide what to fund in the coming legislative session. If you need help, contact NMASBHC for support! 
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
HSD Announces LARC Unbundling
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 may be of great interest. 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

NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: One in December 
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 December:

Session 1: December 13, 2016      
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!

NMASBHC November Paint and Wine Fundraiser - Thank You! 
Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser in Albuquerque on November 21st at Kelly Jo Designs. The fun evening of painting instruction and refreshments netted over $425 for NMASBHC's work to advocate for school-based health care. If you missed out, please stay tuned as we hope to hold another event before the end of the school year. Pictured below, please see NMASBHC Board President Patsy Nelson and Advocacy Committee Member Carol Pierce enjoying the event. 

clinicClinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Postings
Trauma Resources for Post-Election Harassment 
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, K-12 settings and colleges have been the most common venues for hate incidents since the presidential election. We have heard from a number of you about the concerns of students related to post-election conflict and harassment. The following are resources that may be helpful as you support students. If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to NMASBHC.
  • And finally, if you as a caregiver need some inspiration to keep up your good work, check out Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai sharing the "Hummingbird Story" at Thank you Dr. Lisa Cacari-Stone for sharing this story!