July 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
Celebrations of our nation’s birthday are mere days away, and civic duties are at the top of mind for me after just returning from Washington D.C. A contingent of 20 New Mexicans involved in the field of school-based health care just converged on our nation’s capital to advocate. Providers and coordinators from SBHCs, partners in research and evaluation of our field, and staff and Board volunteers from NMASBHC attended the School-Based Health Alliance convention last week, which included a half-day of visiting Congress. We met with representatives from the offices of every New Mexico Senator and Congressperson, educating them about the critical role SBHCs play in the education and health of New Mexico’s children. The passion of those who participated was on great display (as you can see below), and I want those of you in our movement to know how hard we worked to tell the stories and facts about the care that children are getting. Most paramount, we asked our elected officials to sign on to a bill reauthorizing SBHCs so that we have a vehicle for federal funding. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan has already signed on, and we got commitments to look at the bill from all the rest. We encourage you to reach out to your elected officials to share your stories about school-based health care!  

Wishing you a happy and healthy Independence Day,

Nancy Rodriguez

NMASBHC Updates
NMASBHC & Partners in Washington D.C.!
We had a great time in Washington D.C.! Thank you to all of the SBHC providers, partners, and supporters who joined us at our Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. We had 20 New Mexicans participate in this important event. NMASBHC Coordinated meetings with all 5 elected officials from New Mexico and we shared why SBHCs are so important and asked Members of Congress to sign on to the School-Based Health Center Reauthorization Act (H.R.2075/S.1013). Please see the School-Based Health Alliance Fact Sheet for more information.

Thank you to Representative Ben Ray Lujan for already signing on to the SBHC Reauthorization Act. We hope our other 4 Members of Congress sign on as well! Please contact us if you would like to encourage other Members of Congress to sign-on!
NMASBHC Welcomes New Board Members
We would like to welcome our new FY20 Board of Directors and also say farewell to outgoing Directors.
FY20 Board of Directors

Melody Avila
Christine Cogil
Carole Conley
Elizabeth Dickson
Gustavo Gutierrez
Therese Hidalgo
Christine Hollis
Todd Knouse
Paula LeSueur
Elaine Luna
Victor Medrano
Patsy Nelson
Marnie Nixon
Ernesto Robles
Rebecca Ruddell
Adrianne Turner
David Vigil
Danielle Wheeler
Outgoing Board Members

Amanda Frost
Mary Morse
Mary Kay Pera
Darcie Robran-Marquez
Rebecca Sisneros

Thank you all for supporting the SBHC movement in New Mexico and for your hard work as NMASBHC Board of Directors.
Thank You Raffle Donors!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2019 NMSBHC Annual Raffle donors. We raised over $2000 this year to support SBHCs across New Mexico.

Air Carriage LLC
American Home Furniture and Mattress
Hotel Luna Mystica
Inn of the Mountain Gods
Moonlight Makes
Savor Catering
Total Wine & More
Tractor Brewing Co
We would also like to thank Santa Fe Brewing Company for hosting a Beer for a Cause fundraising event on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for our 2020 Fundraising Raffle please contact us. We are always looking for community donors who want to support the SBHC movement across the state!
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Get Ready for the New School Year - Join the New Mexico SBHC Basecamp
All SBHCs are welcome! Participate in regular check-ins with NMASBHC, NMDOH, Apex, and other SBHC partners, ask other SBHCs across New Mexico questions or share your own best practices and find SBHC specific documents and resources all rolled up in one easy-to-digest cloud based system.

This is the go-to communication and sharing system for SBHCs across New Mexico. We hope this communication avenue will allow you to connect with SBHC teams across the state as well as the SBHC partners in a way that fits with your busy schedules. If you are a coordinator, medical assistant, medical provider, behavioral health provider, health educator, or administrator, please sign up for Basecamp today!
Opportunity to be Listed as an Inclusive Clinic
Bright Spaces, Welcome Places is a project of Fierce Pride designed to increase LGBTQ+ access to mental health services, build partnerships between mental health agencies and LGBTQ+ communities, and promote training and organizational policies that will increase understanding and acceptance of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.

Bright Spaces, Welcome Places wants to include your agency in their New Mexico directory. Agencies that adopt two or more recommended policies will be awarded a LGBTQ+ community art print to be displayed in your space. In addition, your agency will be listed on their statewide directory. See the directory below and visit Bright Spaces, Welcome Spaces for more information on how to apply.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
Key Medicaid Rates Set to Increase July 1st
The following summarizes new rate increases that will benefit some SBHC sponsor types. Click here for more details.

Payment Increase for E &M Codes:
Evaluation and Management (E&M) office visits will be increased to 90 percent of the 2019 Medicare fee schedule. E&M patient visits represent the core of most family practice, primary care, and specialty provider practices, and close to half of all Medicaid patient encounters. E&M codes that are currently above 90 percent of the 2019 Medicare fee schedule will remain unchanged until further review and/or notification by HSD.

Payment Increase for Dental Codes:
In 2016, HSD reduced Medicaid rates paid to dental providers by two percent as part of a cost-containment initiative. HSD proposes to restore the 2016 reduction by increasing Medicaid dental rates by two percent, effective July 1, 2019.
Tool for Getting in Touch with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
NMASBHC is increasingly being asked to guide SBHCs and their patients to the right contacts at the three Medicaid Managed Care Organizations that continued or began operation as part of Centennial Care 2.0 on January 1, 2019. In order to support those requests, NMASBHC has created to tool below. Please note that this in not an official Medicaid tool, but that all information was verified as correct by NMASBHC at the time of this publication. Should you wish to have a downloadable copy of this document, please reach out to us at info@nmasbhc.org.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
TAG Talks Video:
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
The Office of Adolescent Health and the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs features the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, which provides high-quality, comprehensive, and integrated health and wellness services focused on the unique needs of adolescents and young adults. Director Angela Diaz, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, shares how health professionals can take an adolescent- and young adult-centered approach to providing care.

This video is the fifth in the TAG Talks series , created as part of the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) call to action. Additional resources and discussion guides for professionals and family members also are available.
The Shake-Up
This nonprofit documentary film by filmmaker Ben Altenberg, made in partnership with the New Mexico Community Foundation is about the 2013 New Mexico Medicaid payment freeze to behavioral health providers. This one-hour documentary explores the timeline of this scandal’s cause and its consequences through the lives of those affected.


Ben Altenberg is a long-time technology consultant with NMASBHC, and we encourage you to watch and discuss this important film.
Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. This e-learning program is designed to equip behavioral health professionals with the cultural and linguistic competencies to better respect and respond to each client's unique needs.

This program is accredited for 5 contact hours for licensed alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists; and for 4 contact hours for social workers. Other professionals may earn a Statement of Participation.
Updated 2019-2020 School Immunization Requirements
The updated  School Requirements for 2019-20  are now approved and available on the DOH Immunization Program website. Changes for this year include a requirement for  Meningococcal ACWY  vaccine for 7 th  grade entry, and a  second dose of Hep A for children in daycare/preschool by 48 months. Visit: https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/sreq/ for more detailed information, including the downloadable tool below.
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