The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD), Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD), Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) is posting this notice to allow for public comment on the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Synar Component Final Report. The report is substantially complete, but the public should be aware that the report is currently in draft form. A final State version will not be available until the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has approved the final draft. Written comments must be sent to the attention of Brian Chavez, Synar Program Coordinator, by fax (505) 476-9277 or email: BrianL.Chavez@state.nm.us by close of business on December 14, 2016.
New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced today that New Mexico improved fourteen spots, from 36 to 22, in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, “The State of Mental Health in America 2017.” The state’s vastly improved overall rank shows a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to mental health care in New Mexico.
Centennial Care Public Forum
The Human Services Department invites you to participate in a public forum and provide meaningful comments about Medicaid’s Centennial Care program. The Department looks forward to receiving the public’s feedback about Centennial Care, nearing the end of its third year. Per its agreement with the federal government, the State may hold the public forum as part of its Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) meeting. The forum will take place at the next MAC meeting on Monday, November 14th, from 1-4 p.m. at the Garrey Carruthers State Library in Santa Fe (1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87505). Providers, members, advocacy groups and other parties interested in discussing the Centennial Care program are welcome to attend. We look forward to your participation. For more information, call 505-827-3101.
The New Mexico Human Services Department announced today that the number of New Mexicans without health insurance coverage dropped by nearly 25 percent last year. Since Governor Susana Martinez took office in 2011, New Mexico’s uninsured rate has plummeted by nearly half.
Today, for the fifth straight year, Governor Susana Martinez announced a crackdown on parents failing to pay child support. The child support bench warrant operation begins this week and continues through the end of the month.
Today, New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Secretary Brent Earnest announced that the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) is helping more New Mexicans find the help, services, and support they need for mental health crises such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and others. NMACL fielded 2,952 calls last month alone, 16,000 in the first six months of this year, and more than 21,000 calls in 2015.
New Mexico Human Services Department/Income Support Division recently received the 2015 SourceAmerica® National Achievement Customer Award (Non Federal) in recognition of the department’s support of employment for people with disabilities. HSD/ISD works with local nonprofit agency, Adelante Development Center, to help provide employment opportunities to 111 people with disabilities.
The New Mexico Human Services Department (the Department) must comply with the State
Legislature’s mandate in 2016 House Bill 2, which states that “the department shall reduce
reimbursement rates paid to Medicaid providers…” As such, there will be reductions to many
Medicaid provider payment rates beginning on July 1, 2016. The Legislature approved an increase of $21 million in general fund matching revenue for the Medicaid program; however, program costs and enrollment are outpacing available resources, ultimately leaving a gap of about $400 million between projected expenditures and available revenue. These reductions will result in targeted savings, while still ensuring that Medicaid provider reimbursement is reasonable.
After another increase in 2015, more New Mexicans than ever before are getting the mental health and/or substance abuse services they need. In fiscal year 2013, 87,373 New Mexicans received behavioral health services. In 2015, that number increased to 153,031. This represents a 75 percent increase from 2013, which means more New Mexicans are receiving behavioral health services than ever before.
To accommodate enrollment growth and continue improving the Medicaid program while meeting the budget requirements set by the Legislature, the Human Services Department is seeking input from New Mexicans on how best to address the budgetary shortfall. Click here to find out how to submit your comments about Medicaid cost containment initiatives.