May 2016 Newsletter 
A Note from the Executive Director
Happy Summer! We at NMASBHC know that many of you who work directly in schools and school-based health centers are breathing a sigh of relief as the school year wraps up and you have a moment to rest. We are using these moments to plan ahead, creating our advocacy strategy for next year's legislative session, setting fund-raising goals in order to create new tools and services for the school health field, and planning visits to SBHCs across the state. We're also gearing up to meet with colleagues from across the nation engaged in the school-based health care movement, and hope to bring information about best practices back to you all. Please know that we are always anxious to hear from you about how we can support your work for New Mexico's children and families. Feel free to reach out to us this summer if you have ideas about how we can help in 2016-2017.
Here's hoping you all have time for some rest and relaxation this summer; best wishes,

Nancy Rodriguez

What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • SBHC Highlights
    • Some Albuquerque SBHCs Open This Summer!
    • Las Cruces Sun News Features SBHCs
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators
      • June School-Based Health Partners Team Meeting Approaches
      • NMDOH/OSAH Operational Plans Coming Soon
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • PE/MOSAA Trainings for June
    • SBHCs vs. MSBS: Do you know?
  • NMASBHC Updates
    • National Legislative Advocacy and SBHA
    • Highland High and NMASBHC on KNME InFocus
    • Reproductive Health Toolkit and Website Resources
    • Like NMASBHC on Facebook!
  • Clinic Resources and Opportunities
    • Youth Health Literacy Videos from PAPA Youth and Know UR Rights Campaign
    • Share NM: Resource and Referral Tool
  • Training and Education Opportunities
    • SBHC and GRADS: Coming Soon - Webinar Videos
    • SBHA Convention Registration Still Open: NMASBHC to Present
highlightsSBHC Highlights
Some Albuquerque SBHC Open this Summer!
If you know young people in the greater Albuquerque area who need primary or behavioral health services over the summer, please feel free to share the flyer from the UNM Department of Pediatrics SBHC Program (flyer link). Albuquerque High, Highland High, and Van Buren Middle School SBHCs will all have summer hours and are open to ALL middle and high school students.

Las Cruces Sun News Features SBHCs! 
The NMASBHC Champion Award winners, Ben Archer Health Center and La Clinica de Familia made the local newspaper for "stepping in to save four school based health centers in Doņa Ana County." Check out the article at: Congratulations again to those sponsors and their SBHC provider teams! 
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.
June School-Based Health Partners Team Meeting Approaches 
SBHC sponsors are encouraged to attend the quarterly SBHC Partners Team Meetings, and the next meeting is on June 14th from 11:30 to 1:30pm at Cooperative Educational Services in Albuquerque; call-in option available. For more information, contact Kim Stanek at

NMDOH/OSAH Operational Plans Coming Soon

SBHC sponsors with NMDOH/OSAH contracts can expect Operational Plans to be available on July 1st. Watch for the June newsletter for details.
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings Available in June
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue into June. Please contact HSD to get the links to register for the trainings offered in June.

Session 1: June 7, 2016

Session 2: June 21, 2016 
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 us at: or call 505-476-7151. 

SBHCs vs. MSBS: Do you know?

Do you know the difference between SBHCs and MSBS? Does your SBHC use MSBS funding in partnership with your host school? As part of an effort to clarify for the public, lawmakers, policymakers, and others the difference between the school-based health centers and the Medicaid School-Based Services Program, NMASBHC is developing a one-page flyer on the topic. If you have expertise in this area or have heard from partners about the confusion between these two different program/services, please reach out to share with NMASBHC your experience. We want to make sure our final document is helpful to HSD, to SBHCs, to MSBS Programs and to everyone in a position to help maximize Medicaid services for children. In the meantime, check out the excellent description of MSBS on the NM HSD website:  
nmasbhcNMASBHC Updates
National Legislative Advocacy - SBHA
There are two upcoming opportunities for you to be involved in national advocacy that supports SBHCs and is coordinated through our national partner, the School Based Health Alliance (SBHA):
Ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Hallways to Health Act (S.2590/H.R. 4621), legislation that would provide federal support for high-quality comprehensive health care and mental health services to students at school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the country. Take action using the SBHA Advocacy Center:
Consider coming to SBHA's June Convention in Washington D.C. where a rally at the Capital and visits to legislative offices in support of SBHCs will be a major part of the agenda: NMASBHC will be helping to coordinate legislative visits, so please let us know if you will be attending the convention and rally!

Highland High and NMASBHC on KNMW InFocus
Check out the television feature on SBHCs with a highlight of Highland High School in Albuquerque and a brief interview with NMASBHC's Executive Director on KNME's InFocus: We hope this representation of SBHCs does justice to the hard work happening across the state for children and families.

NMASBHC Reproductive Health Resources
Thanks to funding from the Nirvana Maņana Foundation, NMASBHC has new and improved reproductive health resources to share with school-based health centers. Check out the new tab on our website:
and watch for a box of resources coming to your SBHC soon!

Like NMASBHC on Facebook! 
In addition to this monthly newsletter, NMASBHC is now sharing information and resources on our Facebook page: Be sure to check it out, and feel free to suggest information we should post. 
clinicClinic Resources and Opportunities
Youth Health Literacy Videos from PAPA and Know UR Rights 
If you work with students and need youth-friendly health literacy tools for educating around legal healthcare rights for minors, be sure to watch and use the YouTube videos created by students at the Public Academy for Performing Arts to support the Know UR Rights Campaign:  Click here to see the videos. Visit Know Ur Rights on Facebook too:

Share NM: Resource and Referral Tool
If you need a tool for referring youth and families to other community resources, bookmark: This website has many useful tools, but the resource directory is one of its highlights. It covers the entire state, sorted by county, city, zip, or tribe and includes agencies from more than twenty categories, from healthcare to housing. 
trainingTraining and Education Opportunities
SBHCs and GRADS: NMASBHC and Envision New Mexico Webinar Videos Coming Soon
If you work in an SBHC or teach/case manage for a GRADS program, please check out videos from a series of webinars that NMASBHC presented in partnership with Envision New Mexico. Expectant and parenting teens have special health care and educational needs that are unique. The webinars share some practical tools for working with this population. Videos from the webinars will be available in mid-June at:

National School-Based Health Alliance Convention Registration Now Open; NMASBHC to Present
The national school-based health care field is rich with best practices and support. Consider attending the SBHA Convention in Arlington, VA June 26-29, 2016. NMASBHC will be presenting on our work on addressing patient confidentiality and SBHC billing. For more information about the planned sessions and to register, visit: