ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

To transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities. 

Office of the Secretary

The Human Services Department administers and oversees several federal and state programs including; the enforcement of child support payments, the administration of substance abuse and mental health programs, and the provision of food, financial assistance, and health care to those who qualify.

Ms. Kari Armijo, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD), exemplifies a profound dedication to public service, with a tenure extending over two decades within the department.  

Appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in October 2023, Armijo has taken on the crucial role of leading the state agency that serves over 50% of New Mexico’s population during a transformative period, spearheading the transition from the Human Services Department to the New Mexico Health Care Authority.  

Armijo was named the Department’s Acting Secretary in January 2023. She served as the Deputy Secretary from 2020 to 2023.  

As HSD Deputy Secretary, Armijo directed the Department’s Information Technology and Child Support Services Divisions, leading major system projects and innovations in Medicaid financing, provider reimbursement, and child support modernization policies. 

Armijo’s strategic vision and operational acumen have significantly improved service delivery and access to care for New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations. She has successfully overseen the implementation of various legislative priorities and has been a pivotal figure in advancing critical health care and anti-poverty initiatives. 

Armijo worked for nearly 20 years with the New Mexico Medicaid program, directing and coordinating Medicaid policy, administration, and program operations. She served as the Affordable Care Act Implementation Director, expanding health care coverage to more than 250,000 uninsured New Mexicans. Armijo also served three years as the Special Projects Director for the New Mexico Medicaid program, and previously held positions directing Medicaid child/adolescent health and school-based health center programs. 

Armijo’s long career in public service is a testament to her significant contributions to health care policy and her commitment to New Mexicans. Armijo brings a wealth of experience and leadership in health and human services, particularly in areas that intersect with public policy and care system management.  

Under Secretary Armijo’s leadership, transitioning to the Health Care Authority will advance a more unified and customer-focused approach to health care and safety-net programs in New Mexico. This transformation, driven by her profound commitment to public service and strategic vision, is a significant step toward advancing a healthier New Mexico. 

A lifelong New Mexican, Armijo was born and raised in Santa Fe and lives there with her husband and two teenage sons. 

Contact Us

Office of the Secretary
P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone: (505) 827-7750
Fax: (505) 827-6286