August 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
It is back to school time, and we know that many in the school-based health care field are trying to prepare for your launch. It may be a chaotic time for some as changes to NMDOH-OSAH contracts go into place. Please know that the staff and Board of NMASBHC are here should you need support, and we will provide any technical assistance we are able. We ask SBHC sponsors to watch for email and mail communications from us as we work to update the SBHC directory (print and online), survey the field about needs, and work to eliminate billing and policy obstacles that require your input. We thank you in advance for your partnership with these efforts! And, we wish you a season filled with the hope that a new school year brings.

With gratitude for your hard work,

Nancy Rodriguez

Coming Soon!
Annual Update and Needs Assessment
Attention all SBHCs. Please be on the lookout for the Annual Directory Update and Needs Assessment form coming your way shortly after August 15th! NMASBHC will be sending out an email to all SBHC teams with the 2019/2020 form. We will be offering gift cards again this year for submission of these forms.
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!
SBHC Corner
LARC Mentoring Project (LMP) Billing Q&A
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: Aug 6, 2019 12:00 PM
Topic: LMP (LARC) billing meeting
Please register using the following link:
When: Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Topic: LMP (LARC) billing meeting
Please register using the following link:
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
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue. As of the publication of this newsletter, the only August training announced was on August 1st. 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 e-mail HSD at: or call 505-476-7151.
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
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use the resources on the CDC Website to assist you in communicating to parents, and patients about immunization during August and throughout the year.

The #HowIRecommend video series, recorded by CDC, features short, informative videos from clinicians like you. These videos explain the importance of vaccination, how to effectively recommend vaccines address questions from parents about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how to foster support for vaccination in your practice.
CDC Vaccination Schedule App
Healthcare providers who recommend or administer vaccines can immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. Optimized for tablets and useful on smartphones, the app shows child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The app visually mimics the printed schedules, which are reviewed and published annually. Users can identify correct vaccine, dosage, and timing with 2 or 3 clicks. Any changes in the schedules will be released through app updates.

Download “CDC Vaccine Schedules” free for iOS and Android devices.
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.

Q Chat Space
Live Chat Groups for LGBTQ+ Teens
Q Chat Space provides live-chat, professionally facilitated, online supportive discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens. The program gives youth safe opportunities to connect with each other, in spaces moderated by trusted adults, within a structure that encourages compassionate interactions and discourages bullying and harassment. Q Chat Space is operated by CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers in collaboration with member LGBTQ+ centers and was developed in partnership with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and PFLAG National.

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.
ABQ Involved Teen Ambassador Program
Do you know a dynamic, service-oriented high school sophomore or junior who is interested in improving their community with support from Albuquerque Involved?

As an Albuquerque Involved Teen Ambassador, they will have the opportunity to participate in community service events and service learning opportunities. With their input, ABQ Involved will create a calendar of activities that will include volunteering, learning from leaders in our nonprofit community, organizing drives for supplies needed in the community and promoting awareness of the needs of our community. 

Albuquerque Involved Teen Ambassadors is for students who will be in 10th or 11th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. They will meet approximately 10 times during the school year. Their meetings will be on Sundays, but that date and location may vary depending upon the activity. Meetings will typically last 1-2 hours each. However, on days where they are participating in a community service event, the commitment may be longer. Albuquerque Involved Teen Ambassadors are required to fulfill 8 hours of service learning projects during the year.

To be considered for Albuquerque Involved Teen Ambassadors, please complete the application on the Albuquerque Involved website. Applications are due Friday, August 23, 2019. 
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.
13 Reasons Why Season 3 Premiere
Provider Resources
Netflix will be releasing the third season of the controversial series 13 Reasons Why on August 23rd. This controversial series has prompted many experts in the field of adolescent mental health to compile resources to support adolescents as they navigate watching the show.

In advance of the release of season 2, SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) brought together a group of 75 leading experts in mental health, suicide prevention and education as well as healthcare professionals to develop tools to help encourage positive responses to the series. They developed a toolkit providing practical guidance and reliable resources for parents, educators, clinicians, youth and media related to the content of the series (suicide, school violence, sexual assault, bullying, substance abuse, etc.).

The Toolkit has not yet been updated for responding to Season 3, but many of the resources available are in response to the series as a whole and can be applicable to addressing the content (suicide, school violence, sexual assault, bullying, substance abuse, etc.) that is sure to be present in season 3.

If your SBHC needs resources to support adolescents when 13 Reasons Why Season 3 launches please consider utilizing the 13 Reasons Why Toolkit and the Media and Mental Health Initiative resources. | (505) 404-8059 |