September 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
A belated Happy Labor Day to you all! We hope you all have enjoyed this opportunity to rest from your labors in the healthcare field. We know that the kick-off of the school year is an extremely busy time so we hope you had a moment to breathe over the weekend. And now we ask you all to kick it into high gear for school-based health with 5 asks below! As you plan your fall, please consider supporting NMASBHC in the following ways:

  1. If you work at an SBHC, please complete the NMASBHC Annual Update (further described below) by September 30th so we can ensure we have the most accurate information about the field. Incentive gift cards are up for grabs!
  2. If you work with an SBHC and have any challenges with state bureaucracy, please reach out to us for help. That is part of our mission.
  3. If you are in or work with a community that doesn’t have, but wants, a school-based health center, encourage them to reach out to us! We will be advocating for further funding for SBHCs, and we need to know where the interest and need is.
  4. Support us financially! You can always make a donation on our website, but you also can choose our non-profit for benefits when you shop at Amazon or Smith’s (see links at the bottom of the page). And, like us on Facebook to get more frequent updates and hear announcements about fundraising, including Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019.
  5. If you regularly meet or talk with your elected officials (local, state or federal), talk to them about school-based health care. We need all of our representatives to have children’s healthcare needs at the top of their priority lists!

With thanks in advance,

Nancy Rodriguez

Complete the Annual SBHC Update!
Attention all SBHCs. Please complete the Annual SBHC Update before September 30th to receive a $30 Amazon gift card.
The SBHC Annual Update helps ensure our SBHC directory and map are accurate.
NMASBHC understands the importance of increasing public awareness of your clinic
and its invaluable services. Our school-based health center directory serves as an
essential tool for legislators, state agencies, school personnel, providers,
students/patients, community members and funders across New Mexico.

We also want to make sure we are serving those of you in the field in the most
appropriate ways. This survey will allow us to focus our technical assistance efforts in
areas that will serve the SBHC community the best. The information provided on the
survey portion will not be included in the directory.

*If you are unable to complete the SBHC Annual Update online, please contact
Kim Stanek for more options.
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!
Annual Calendar Contest - Open Now!
Visit our website to submit your 2020 photo and learn more.
SBHC Corner
LARC Mentoring Program (LMP)
Training Opportunities
Calling all billers and other clinic staff responsible for LARC reimbursement!

LARC Billing Q & A:
Join LMP for one-hour interactive Zoom call to troubleshoot your LARC billing and coding issues. They can also review basic information about getting started with LARC billing and coding.
When: Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Topic: LMP (LARC) billing meeting
Please register using the following link:
Help Youth Take Charge of Their Healthcare
The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has free youth friendly resources, provider webinars, Spark trainings and more. If you are looking for youth friendly materials for your clinic or resources on how to help youth be advocates for their own healthcare visit AHI's website for ideas!
Resources for Supporting Healthcare Transitions
Does your SBHC need guidance on how to support older adolescents as they transition into young adulthood? Navigating the health care system and advocating for healthcare is tricky as an adult much less a high school senior getting ready to jump into a life of independence. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has compiled some great resources for providers on healthcare transition, including this TAG talk on the different transitions adolescents face.
SBHC Resource Contact List
Curious about who to call for what when it comes to your SBHC? Download the Resource Contact List provided by NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health.
New OSAH Contracts
If your SBHC(s) have been offered a NMDOH contract following the RFP from this past spring, NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH) will be setting up individual deliverable and data orientation meetings once contracts are finalized. These meetings will be set up by Kristin Oreskovich, . If you have questions in this interim period while contracts are being executed, please reach out to Kristin.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: September
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue. As of the publication of this newsletter, the September trainings announced are on September 4th and 5th. However, please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about other trainings offered and to request them if you need them. 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 contact Armando Muñoz at or at (505) 476-6813.

If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or would like more information on future training sessions, please e-mail: or call 505-476-7151.
2019 Behavioral Health Summit
Registration Closes September 13th
The New Mexico Statewide Behavioral Health Summit is taking place on September 17th in Albuquerque. The day-long event is being sponsored by the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services, the Behavioral Health Services Division of the NM Human Services Department, and the New Mexico Hospital Association. The event features introductory remarks by Human Services Department Secretary David Scrase and facilitation by national experts Open Minds.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight website to access great resources and receive CME credits on topics related to healthy weight.

They currently have a series of 15 continuing education modules to support primary care providers in helping ​​​​​families ​​​establish healthy active living right from the start and prevent childhood obesity. These are available through 2020. Click here to explore these modules.
Schools and Suicide Prevention
Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. To help make it easier for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior, The Trevor Project has collaborated to create a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document aims to help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Download the fact sheet and full policy at: This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
NM Vax View
Did you know that your patients can now print their own vaccination records at enables individuals, parents, and guardians to access, save and/or print official immunization records. This eliminates the need to carry multiple or aged documents and allows you to access your shot record anytime you need. is mobile friendly and uses two-factor authentication.

US Eagle enrichEd Classroom Grants
Do you know a teacher who has innovative ideas on how to enrich their classroom but lacks the resources (or funding) to implement them? US Eagle Federal Credit Union is awarding nine teachers with a $1,000 grant to invest in items that enhance the classroom experience.

The application period for the enrichEd classroom grant is open now and closes September 6, 2019. Forward this to a local educator you think would benefit from a $1,000 classroom grant.
Preventing Opioid Misuse
The Little Things Matter campaign is about preventing opioid misuse before it starts. The campaign offers tips, calls to action, and information on little things each of us can do to keep our families, our community and ourselves safe. Download the parent guide to share with your parents and guardians during back to school events or visit The Little Things Matter website for provider tools and youth education materials.

This campaign comes from the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, a collaborative of government, nonprofit, business, and community leaders dedicated to reducing the incidence of opioid misuse and abuse in Bernalillo County. The resources and education provided on the website and in the parent guide can be used regardless of your SBHC location. | (505) 404-8059 |