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A Note from the Executive Director
Dear New Mexico SBHCs:

We need your help in gathering youth voice and engagement! As we enter a new school year, we are reconstituting our NMASBHC Youth Advisory Group. While any youth interested in health and wellness would be excellent advisors, we particularly ask you to encourage your patients and students to consider applying. Young people who have first-hand knowledge of the work of school-based health centers can be invaluable partners in this endeavor. Please make time to read the details in the article below to help us recruit the next generation of SBHC advocates!

And, as always, please let us know if there are other ways we can be of service to you and your practice.

Wishing all of you health and safety in this new school year and a happy Labor Day!

Nancy Rodriguez, nancy@nmasbhc.org
2022 NMASBHC Calendar
It is time to change the page of your 2022 Calendar.

September/October features the Roswell HS SBHC team, sponsored by La Casa Family Health Center.

Thank you for all the SBHCs who participated and submitted pictures!

If you have not received your calendar, please contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org
Thank you for supporting SBHCs
Senator Ben Ray Luján and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra were present for an event in Las Cruces on Wednesday, August 17th, discussing behavioral health services in New Mexico, federal support and how school-based health centers help to bridge gaps.

Thank you to La Clinica de Familia SBHC staff who participated and all those working hard behind the scenes to build this event.

Here is some press coverage of this event:
Project ECHO for SBHCs
The SBHC ECHO September session is on
Tuesday, September 30th and the topic is focused on Suicide Prevention.
NMASBHC continues to collaborate with Project ECHO, OSAH, Molina and other partners to create an educational and professional development community of practice for SBHCs in New Mexico.

Sessions are on the last Tuesday of the month from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM MST. Visit the SBHC ECHO Resource Library to see recordings of prior sessions, as well as resources.

Continuing education credits are available for free! Register HERE.
Find flyers and more information on our website or the SBHC ECHO Resource Library.
2022 NMASBHC Annual Directory Update & SBHA Census
It is that time of year.

The 2022 NMASBHC Annual Directory Update and SBHA Census link will be available soon.

Please keep an eye out for communication coming soon.

If you have any questions, contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.

The Quarterly SBHC Partners Meeting is coming up:

Tuesday, September 20th
at 11:30 AM.

Please check your emails for the agenda and attendance info.

If you do not receive the email with the agenda, contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.

NMASBHC Youth Advisory Group
The Youth Health Advisory Group supports youth to advance health care access for their peers, share expertise on health-related topics and give important youth voice to the field of school-based health care. Participants will engage in activities and projects that can provide critical input to the development and delivery of services, and advocate for SBHC services across the state. 

If you have youth that might be interested, please encourage them to apply and complete the application as soon as possible. We are accepting applications for the 2022-23 School Year. For any questions, visit our website or contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Operational Plans

The Operational Plans are due on September 15th.

If you have questions, please communicate with Kristin Oreskovich at Kristin.Oreskovich@state.nm.us
Head 2 Toe
The 2022 H2T conference will be Nov 7-9, 2022.

The SBHC pre-conference is scheduled for November 7th, 2022.

For those that receive funding from NMDOH OSAH, there is funding for each clinic (not each organization) to send a representative in the OSAH contracts. This is a great opportunity for our NM SBHC community to come together in person for the first time since 2019! More details will be forthcoming. For prior sessions and recordings, visit the H2T365 website.

Please reach out to NMASBHC or Kristin if there is specific content you really need or want during the SBHC pre-conference. We want to meet your needs and include them as we develop the agenda.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Training
 Presumptive Eligibility Determiner trainings for September have been set for September 19th and 20th. If you have staff that need the training, please contact HSD at the email address below to indicate the need for upcoming training. 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.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us 
or call (505) 476-7151.

Please note that it is very important to have your SBHC team up to date with eligibility determination. This an NMDOH-OSAH requirement, but many families may need support in finding out if their COVID-era coverage is winding down in 2023 as well.
Planning a Youth Vaccination Event?
Help is Available!
New Mexico's school-age immunization rates are lower than in past, thanks to the pandemic. NMDOH and the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are working hard to support summer-time events to ensure children get back on schedule with required immunizations. If your clinic or organization wishes to plan a special immunization event, the MCOs are willing to help and can send out outreach teams in person. Please let NMASBHC know if you need that support, and we'll connect you to the appropriate staff at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Presbyterian, and/or Western Sky Community Care.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Reproductive Health Asynchronous Trainings
Provide 1.0 CME each

These recorded webinars on Moodle address multiple reproductive health concerns each providing 1.0 CME each after creating an account with UNM HSC moodle and completing the required surveys.

Virtual IUD Practicums

If you or your team are interested in virtual IUD practicums, join us via zoom to receive hands-on, individualized training with 2.0 CME at no cost!

If you are from Albuquerque: Register at least one week ahead of time. We can set up a pick up or drop off for the materials! If you are in NM, outside Albuquerque: Register a month ahead. We can send you a box of everything you need with postage to send it back! Click to register.
Receive your materials and take the pre-survey! Let us know when you receive the materials via text or email! Join us via Zoom. Receive your one-on-one training with our clinical trainer. Take the immediate post-survey. Return the materials. We will set up another pick-up/drop off or you can send the box back with the postage provided! If you are an LMP site you get to keep everything for future practice. If you are interested in becoming a site email us!!! You will receive 2.0 CME in 2 weeks time! Take the post-survey 3 months later.
SBHC Positions
SBHC Staff are amazing!
Please feel free to share these open positions with your colleagues and peers.

Family Nurse Practitioner - Santa Teresa SBHC
La Clinica de Familia SBHC positions

Active Minds Mental Health Advocacy Academy
The Active Minds Mental Health Advocacy Academy is the only leadership development and mental health advocacy academy that empowers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) high school students to enact change in their schools, communities, and states. The Academy will prepare high school students for lifelong engagement on advocacy, grassroots organizing, and political engagement around mental health. 

The Mental Health Advocacy Academy is a unique, paid leadership program intended to ensure that high school students have tools and resources to develop mental health advocacy campaigns that will transform change in school, community, and state culture and increase mental health resources. Academy members will have the opportunity to develop a mental health campaign that contributes to the cutting-edge field of mental health policy advocacy.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2022 Active Minds Mental Health Advocacy Academy. You can find the application HERE. Applications are due on September 8, 2022. For more information, please visit the Active Minds website, or email k12@activeminds.org.
988 Crisis Line
The New Mexico 988 Behavioral Crisis Line launched on July 16, 2022. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline changed from a 10 digit number to a 3 digit number, providing easier access to behavioral health crisis resources, which are distinct from 911 (where the focus is on dispatching Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and Police).

You can check for upcoming community workshops about the 988 line. Visit the 988 NM website for more information. Images, videos and resources are available on the 988 NM website. Schools and SBHCs can contact them for some of the printed resources to make available for your youth.
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:  
  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard) Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; 
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income program.

Affordable Connectivity Program enrollment opened on December 31, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or by
  1. Going to AffordableConnectivity.gov or GetInternet.gov to submit an online application or print a mail-in application AND
  2. Contacting their preferred participating broadband provider and selecting a plan. 

Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET any day of the week.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheets
There are updates to the EUA Fact Sheets and Full EUA Prescribing Information for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.

The newest updates include educational resources specific to the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine indication for children 6 months – 5 years of age for vaccination providers. For more information, please see the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccine Providers) and Full Prescribing Information.

September Health Awareness Activities
September is National Suicide Awareness Month

It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.

This month also hosts Suicide Prevention Week (Sept 4th-10th, 2022) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept 10th)

Learn more on how you can create hope through action by utilizing some of these resources:

September is National Sexual Health Month
School Based Health Centers play a significant role in the promotion of adolescent safe sex practices and supporting the sexual health needs of their youth in the community.

To provide patient centered and youth friendly education, here are some resources:
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

Learn ways on how you can promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity:

Support NMASBHC this year!
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