NMASBHC Newsletter

August 2015

A Note from the Executive Director 

What could an SBHC do with a $20 or $100 gift card?  Buy snacks to keep on hand for hungry young patients? Buy a teen-friendly magazine subscription for the waiting room? Well NMASBHC wants to tell you about an opportunity for you to be GIVEAWAY WINNERS! And if you're reading this and don't operate an SBHC, feel free to contact us or your local SBHC to find out how donating supplies or gift cards can make a BIG difference.  Help NMASBHC update our New Mexico SBHC directory, http://www.nmasbhc.org/SBHC_Locator.html, by submitting your updated clinic information (see instructions in the newsletter below). Every SBHC that submits their update form by September 21st will receive a $20 Wal-Mart gift card AND be entered to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

Also, as you're launching your school year, don't forget that we have official DOH/OSAH approved-documents on our website that you may need or want as you begin seeing patients (http://www.nmasbhc.org/sbhc-documents.html). 

Please let us know if there are other ways we at NMASBHC can serve you.  Many thanks!

Nancy Rodriguez

What You'll Find In This Newsletter (click to jump to section):
  • SBHC Highlights
    • New NMASBHC Video featuring Ruidoso High SBHC
    • SBHA Youth Advisory Council: New Mexico Representative and Application
    • Medicaid Rewards for Pregnant and Parenting Teens - a new brief/tool for SBHCs and GRADS!
    • New Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • DOH/OSAH Approved Forms Now Available on NMASBHC Website
      • NM Health Resources Job Fair
      • DOH/OSAH Operational Plans Due September 30th!
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Trainings on Hold
  • NMASBHC Updates - Provide Your Information and Input
    • NM SBHC Directory - Update Your SBHC Information
    • Story Request: Confidential Healthcare and Private Insurance
  •  Adolescent Patient Resources
    • September is Attendance Awareness Month
    • September 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week
    • Free Teen Pregnancy Prevention Materials
highlightsSBHC Highlights
Ruidoso High SBHC Featured in New NMASBHC Video
Check out a new tool on the NMASBHC website: a video about the best practices for collaboration between SBHCs and GRADS Programs for expectant and parenting teens. This film features the Ruidoso High SBHC Coordinator and Behavioral Health Provider, Brenda Motley-Lopez and Gretchen Chase, Ruidoso High GRADS Teacher and School Guidance Counselor; the two generously share what has worked for their students that you might consider replicating. View and share:  http://www.nmasbhc.org/gradsparenting-teens.html

SBHA Youth Advisory Council: New Mexico Student Reflects on Her Experience as National SBHC Ambassador as SBHA Begins Accepting New Applications
Many thanks to Cameron Estrada for representing New Mexico and SBHCs during her term as an ambassador with the national School Based Health Alliance. Check out this story where she reflects on her experience in the role: http://www.sbh4all.org/2015/08/reflections-on-the-2015-youth-program-cameron-estrada/. If you know a young person who you believe would be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply; applications are due to SBHA in September: http://www.sbh4all.org/youth-advisory-council/.

Medicaid Rewards for Pregnant and Parenting Teens - A New NMASBHC Tool for SBHCs and GRADs
Please visit our website's GRADS/Parenting Teens tab (http://www.nmasbhc.org/gradsparenting-teens.html) for many resources that support collaboration between SBHCs and GRADS programs for expectant and parenting teens. A new tool, Medicaid Rewards for Pregnant and Parenting Teens, shares information that SBHC providers can give to young people who could benefit from the rewards that the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (and some private insurance plans) provide for pregnant women and families with infants as they access recommended health care services such as prenatal visits and infant immunizations.

cornerSBHC Sponsor Corner

New Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators 
At the suggestion of the NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health, NMASBHC is adding this new monthly feature that will include information critical to SBHC operations that sponsoring entities will want to pay special attention to. If you have ideas or questions for this new feature, please let us know! While we encourage you to ALWAYS read this section of the newsletter, we also hope you will check out all resources, especially those related to Medicaid as you work to make your SBHC financially sustainable.

DOH/OSAH Approved Forms Now Available on NMASBHC Website
Those SBHCs funded by OSAH may need to access the required forms for everything from Asthma Action Plans to print versions of the Student Health Questionnaire (SHQ); these and more are now available on the NMASBHC website at http://www.nmasbhc.org/sbhc-documents.html. If you don't see the form you are seeking, don't hesitate to contact us.

Still Looking for SBHC Personnel? NM Health Resources Job Fair 
Are you still looking for qualified personnel to staff your SBHC? If so, you may be interested in this job fair specific to health care providers. The event will be at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque on September 22, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 pm.  If you would like to register as an exhibiting recruiter, please contact Melissa Candelaria at New Mexico Health Resources, Inc. at (505) 260-0993 or melissa@nmhr.org (www.nmhr.org) as soon as possible.

DOH/OSAH Operational Plans Due September 30th!
If your SBHC is contracted with DOH/OSAH, don't forget to electronically submit your complete Operational Plan by September 30, 2015. 
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources

NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings on Hold Through September
The PED Training sessions for August and September have been canceled due to an upgrading of the functionality of the system, YESNM PE, used by Presumptive Eligibility Determiners (PEDs). The Medical Assistance Division is suspending the PED training sessions effective immediately, due to the system upgrades, testing and implementation. 

In the interim, you can help applicants submit paper applications (you may print out a paper application at http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/LookingForAssistance/apply-for-benefits.aspx), or you can help clients submit applications using the public-facing website YESNM at https://www.yes.state.nm.us/yesnm/home/index. If the applicant is approved for Medicaid benefits, the eligibility may start back to the beginning of the month, depending on what COE the applicant is approved for.

If you have any questions or concerns please email HSD.PEDeterminers@State.NM.US or call 505-476-7151.
formalNMASBHC Updates - Provide Your Input!  
Help Us Update the New Mexico SBHC Directory! 
NMASBHC works every fall to update the NM SBHC Directory to include accurate information about our state's SBHCs. This is a critical resource for community members seeking care and for legislators hoping to learn more about SBHCs as we advocate for policies and funding that support your work.  How can you help? Complete the update form located here: http://www.nmasbhc.org/SBHC_Locator.html and submit either by email to nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com or by mail to NMASBHC, 3301 Coors Blvd. NW, Suite 288, Albuquerque, NM 87120. To thank you for your timely participation, every SBHC that submits their form by September 21st will receive a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart and be entered to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards.
Story Request: Confidential Healthcare and Private Insurance - We Need Your Input! 
As you may know from previous newsletters, NMASBHC has convened a coalition of community partners interested in preserving health care confidentiality for privately insured individuals, including youth.  We have heard from many of you that this problem poses a real risk to young people and to the financial sustainability of SBHCs. We know that many SBHCs bear the cost of care when a patient is seeking confidential services and private insurance cannot be billed for fear that the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or other communication will be sent to the primary policy holder.  We are collecting stories about how this challenge exists in the community and hope you can help us by submitting yours.  You also are welcome to join this coalition; just let me know by email at nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com if you'd like to participate. 
focusAdolescent Patient Resources

September is Attendance Awareness Month
If your SBHC is looking for ways to impress upon school personnel the importance of allowing students to access SBHC services, consider sharing some attendance data with them in September. Attendance Works has many statistics about the health causes of chronic absenteeism (oral health, asthma, depression, etc) and resulting academic failure. September is Attendance Awareness Month, and you can plan events with the free materials available at http://awareness.attendanceworks.org/ to partner with your school to address this risk to students. There are also tools you can share with your patients about the importance of attendance to their future success.

September 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week
SBHCs provide critical behavioral health services for young New Mexicans. Consider doing campus promotion around National Suicide Prevention Week to let your school and students know that they can get needed help for themselves or friends at the SBHC. Visit http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week for more information and free downloadable materials.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Materials for Providers
Join "Bedsider Providers" and get $100 dollars of free educational materials. If your SBHC provides birth control directly, prescribes birth control, or counsels teens about birth control, Bedsider has great resources that can be used for teens seeking information about preventing pregnancy. The materials are geared towards young people and make birth control information accessible and less intimidating. New Mexico has the second highest teen birth rate in the nation; these materials can help ensure teens have accurate information about types of birth control and understand they have options when it comes to preventing unintended pregnancy now and in their future as young adults. Check out the website http://providers.bedsider.org/ for other resources, research, and interactive tools. It is free to sign up as a provider! Once you are signed up they will send you a confirmation email with the promotional code to get your $100 worth of free materials and free shipping sent straight to your SBHC. If you have questions about Bedsider or need assistance ordering your free materials you can contact our Program Manager, Kim Stanek at kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com.

NMASBHC recommends the following Bedsider educations materials for SBHCs: