December 2015 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
Happy New Year! NMASHBC hopes that all of you have had some opportunity to enjoy a winter break, and we're wishing all of you health and happiness in 2016. As this year comes to a close, we want to reflect on all you have done to collaborate and support NMASBHC as we continue in our mission to promote, facilitate, and advocate for comprehensive, culturally competent health care, including health education, in schools. Thank you for your dedication to this movement to provide access to care for our state's children.
Looking forward to our plans in the new year, we encourage you to stay in touch with NMASBHC as we engage in legislative advocacy to support SBHCs and as we provide new and important tools and technical assistance that could be useful to your organization. Please read on for more, and do not hesitate to contact us if there are ways we can support your work in 2016!
We also ask you to consider making a donation to NMASBHC in these final days of 2015. As a non-profit organization, your unrestricted gifts are critical to our ongoing work, especially for our legislative advocacy. Read on for instructions and thank you for considering us in your gifts for this year.
Many thanks!
Nancy Rodriguez
What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • SBHC Highlights
    • Communities Rally for SBHCs in Las Cruces and Doņa Ana County
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • Status Report Release
      • Save the Date: SBHC Pre-Conference Set for April 20, 2016
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • EPSDT/Comprehensive Wellness Exam Guidance
    • Xerox Support: ICD-10 and NPI Numbers
  • NMASBHC Updates
    • Legislative Advocacy - Senate Bill and Primary Care Day
    • NMASBHC Launching Exemplary SBHC Awards
    • Support NMASBHC with End of Year Donations
      • Donation Instructions
      • AmazonSmile
  • Clinic Resources and Opportunities
    • Health Insurance Open Enrollment Resource
    • Envision New Mexico Webinar Training Opportunities
  • Adolescent Patient Resources
    • No Name Calling Week
    • NMDOH BrdzNBz Program: Free Resources
highlightsSBHC Highlights
Communities Rally for SBHCs in Las Cruces/Doņa Ana County
Congratulations to the Las Cruces and Doņa Ana County community members who rallied to maintain SBHC services in their areas in the last several months! As many will know, the previous sponsor of the Las Cruces, Oņate, Gadsden and Chaparral SBHCs opted to discontinue their contract with NMDOH to operate the SBHCs. Thanks to many community and state advocates, new partners have been brought in to continue operation of the sites. While there will be some changes and disruption for students and families, NMASBHC is grateful that so many showed their support for these critical services and stepped in to maintain the care to the degree possible. Thank you to all who put in their time and effort to achieve this! Anyone with questions about ongoing plans for the NMDOH contracts are invited to contact OSAH for more details.
cornerSBHC Sponsor Corner
At the suggestion of the NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health, NMASBHC has added this monthly feature that includes information critical to SBHC operations that sponsoring entities will want to pay special attention to. If you have ideas or questions for this 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 (see below) as you work to make your SBHC financially sustainable.

Status Report Released!
SBHCs contracted with NMDOH - OSAH and their partners may be interested to download and read the newly released 2015 SBHC Status Report (found on our What's New page). The report is the first to include longitudinal data from SBHCs over the course of their contracts. The document is a powerful testament to the great work done by SBHCs. Here is a quote from the opening:

"The Department of Health is pleased to share the New Mexico School-Based Health Centers Status Report. The document highlights key accomplishments and activities over the span of the last four years, featuring excellence achieved in a variety of areas including comprehensive wellness exams, youth engagement, quality improvement, and stability. Linking health and academic success is important and we all know that a healthy student is ready and able to learn."

Save the Date! SBHC Pre-Conference of Head to Toe Set for April 20, 2016
SBHCs across the state are encouraged to save the date for the annual SBHC Pre-Conference of Head to Toe. The day-long event will feature a number of clinical and programming topics including suicide prevention, LARCs in SBHCs, SBHC data, sexual assault crisis management, youth confidentiality and billing, SBIRT in SBHCs, and others. NMASBHC also is planning the day's luncheon, which will be an award ceremony recognizing exemplary SBHCs. Watch in future newsletters for registration dates and more!
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
EPSDT/Comprehensive Wellness Exam Guidance
NMHSD has provided guidance for SBHCs regarding the reimbursement regulations and periodicity recommendations for EPSDTs that will be helpful to all SBHCs. Please visit to see the update. There are three tools under November 2015 that can be of help in the delivery and reimbursement for EPSDTs.

Xerox Support: ICD-10 and NPI Numbers 
Xerox is an HSD-contracted entity that provides a number of services and data resources related to Medicaid billing. Two newly advertised tools may be of special interest to SBHCs:
  • Xerox Web Portal NPI Search Feature: clinics seeking the correct NPI Number for their clinic or provider, may search the portal by name or NPI to determine if a provider is actively enrolled in fee-for-service (FFS) and/or through a managed care organization. No secure sign-in is required for this new service. This feature is located on the left navigation of the Provider Login and Provider Information pages. Visit: to use the service.
  • As of 10/1/15, Xerox also has new Provider ICD-10 Support Contact Information to accommodate Provider related ICD-10 inquiries. Business hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday and Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. General ICD-10 Questions and Issues: Xerox PR Call Center 1-800-299-7304 Option 7 or locally at 505-246-0710.
nmasbhcNMASBHC Updates
Legislative Advocacy 
NMASBHC is proud to announce that Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino is sponsoring a bill to add $550,000 to the NMDOH budget for additional service hours at SBHCs; this bill was endorsed by the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. The bill (SB26) is now available for review on our website or at the new legislature website. We encourage you to take the time to call your legislator between now and the legislative session to ask them to support this bill. If you have questions about who your legislator is or need other information about the bill, please feel free to contact us. Every dollar spent on SBHCs brings $7.01 back to New Mexico!
We also encourage you to attend Primary Care Day on February 4th at the Round House! NMASBHC will again be participating in this effort, sponsored by the New Mexico Primary Care Association, and will do a major advocacy push to encourage legislator support of the SBHC bill before them. You are welcome to attend; the events of the day will take place between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Feel free to contact us for more information.

NMASBHC Launching Exemplary SBHC Awards!
NMASBHC is excited to announce that we will begin a recognition program for exemplary New Mexico SBHCs in 2016! A work group of current and former NMASBHC Board Members have drafted a document outlining the characteristics of an exemplary SBHC. This document has as its foundation the work done to create the five basic defining characteristics of a New Mexico school-based health center, which are outlined in a document released earlier in 2015. In an effort to provide guidance on and recognize exceptional school-based health centers (SBHCs), the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care has established seven fundamental defining characteristics of an exemplary SBHC. SBHCs that are well integrated into their school and community are involved in various activities within each of these seven fundamental characteristics. This framework will be used to recognize exemplary SBHCs at an awards luncheon at the SBHC pre-conference at the 2016 Head to Toe on April 20, 2016. The application for the award will be released in late January, and SBHC sponsors and personnel are encouraged to apply! Please view the characteristics here and watch for the application release. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Kim Stanek ( with any questions.


NMASBHC is a non-profit organization, and we are constantly seeking donations to support our work. If you value what we do, we encourage you to make our organization a part of any end-of-year donations you may make. If you are unable to do so, we hope you will consider the opportunities below to support our work:

Donation Instructions 
If you're interested in making a donation, you can either mail the organization a check or set up a payment through PayPal. For the check option, please mail to 3301-R Coors BLVD NW, Suite 288, Albuquerque, NM 87120. For the PayPal option, simply click the Donate tab on our website at; this will allow you to make either a one-time or monthly donation to NMASBHC. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you do any shopping on, you can participate in a passive fundraising effort in which NMASBHC participates year-round. If you're shopping at, .5% of your eligible Amazon purchase can go back to NMASBHC when you make it through: Set this up as your default Amazon account page for easy shopping. Many of the eligible items are also eligible for Prime shipping.  

clinicClinic Resources and Opportunities
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Resource
November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016 is open enrollment season. BeWellnm is the website where New Mexicans can find financial help to lower their monthly costs. New Mexicans can make an appointment for free in-person assistance and have an assistor help explore all options and guide them through the enrollment process. There are new health plans available and new prices. Having health insurance is now required by law. If individuals aren't covered, they may have to pay a fine of $695 per person, or 2.5% of their household income (whichever is greater). Visit or call 1-855-996-6449 for more information. School based health centers or other clinics interested in promoting open enrollment through January, may wish to contact BeWellnm for a copy of images to project on their lobby television sets that make New Mexicans aware of their options. Please contact Veronica A. Reyes, Outreach Coordinator at the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange for more information: or 505-314-5225.

Envision New Mexico January Webinars
Envision New Mexico has a number of webinars planned for January that are relevant to SBHC practices and personnel, including contraceptive counseling, obesity management, transgender care and pediatric nutrition topics. Go to and visit the calendar for listings of all webinars and registration instructions.
adolescentAdolescent Patient Resources
No Name Calling Week: January 18-22, 2016
If your SBHC is interested in participating in an effort to reduce bullying and increase a climate of kindness at your partner school, you may be interested in No Name Calling Week. Read on for more information about the initiative, and visit for free information, curricula, and tools to craft an effort in your school or community.
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the popular young adult novel entitled The Misfits by popular author James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. The friends create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party in the end, wins the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a "No Name-Calling Day" at school.

Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition creative by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's publishing, consisting of over 60 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. Since then, No Name-Calling Week has been adopted by schools everywhere and has grown into one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the country. 
NMDOH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource: Free BrdzNBz New Mexico Tools
Help families get the right information about sexual health when you're not available to answer their questions (or if they are just a little too shy to ask).The BrdsNBz text line offers free, anonymous, and real-time responses for teens and parents across New Mexico who have questions about puberty, sexual health, and healthy relationships. Teens will receive medically accurate and values neutral answers from a certified health educator as well as referrals to local clinics in their communities. The service is available in either English or Spanish. All teens have to do is text NMTeen to 66746 to opt in and then start asking questions! Consult DOH Family Planning for more information about the parent line.

If you need a new way to reach teens regarding sexual health consider ordering free BrdsNBz materials. They have posters, palm cards, pens, notepads, and bookmarks! If interested, you may email Kate Daniel at If you have specific questions regarding the BrdsNBz service, you can also contact our Program Manager for Constituent Services, Kim Stanek at