The Behavioral Health Providers’ Association of New Mexico is a professional membership organization working to ensure that behavioral health providers share a unified voice in advocating for their clients and services in New Mexico.

The NMBHPA is a non-profit trade association of behavioral health entities providing publicly funded behavioral health care in New Mexico.   Led by a 15-member Board of Directors and a staff Executive Director and representing various types of  providers (agencies, individual practitioners, group practice plans, and professional associations) the NMBHPA provides behavioral health policy and legislative advocacy, and continuous system improvement.

Current Happenings

August 10, 2018

Dear Members,  All postings are listed  by category  on the  right side of any of the main pages.

Recent News Events  – new postings

The full Agenda for the 8/13/2018 Quarterly Membership meeting is posted here, for signed in members only.

There are two postings from OPRE; read the inspiring Positive Peer Week story, and the notice for CPSW’s in Taos.   Also, the National Latino Behavioral  Health Association has an upcoming event  on September 14 to raise scholarship money.

Reminder:   the  RFP for Crisis Counseling and Support  Services for Victims of Sexual Assault in Albuquerque  is due on August 29.

Upcoming Events

The next  MCO Provider Forums are scheduled for Thursday, August 23.

Other upcoming August meetings

  • NMBHPA Quarterly Membership meeting is August 13 in Albuquerque.   Zoom information is included here.
  • State Agencies/Provider Association monthly  meeting on August 20 in Santa Fe.  All providers are welcome to attend or call in.
  • NMBHPA Board of Directors meeting in Santa Fe

State, Regional and National News – new postings

National Council Capitol Connector:  New Advocacy Guide on Managed Care Contracting

Also, information on the Family First Act provided by Bryce Pittenger, CYFD, with the following note from Wayne Lindstrom, HSD-BHSD.   “ This Act has the potential to significantly improve the well-being of children in NM.  It will probably take a year or more for HHS to publish the regulations for the implementation of this statute.  In the interim, it will be incumbent on all of us to begin thinking about what we need to be doing in terms of policy and practice to support its implementation.”

See you on Monday at our Quarterly meeting.    All the best,   Maggie


2018 Activities

The NMBHPA  contributes to ongoing behavioral health system improvements in a leadership role.   Some of our activities in FY 2018 have included:

  • Supporting and participating in  health home development, integrated care education and learning.
  • Joining the Medicaid Advisory Committee as a regular member
  • Addressing escalating Health Insurance costs for member organizations and their staff through legislative testimony.
  • Hosting a Roundtable discussion with national leaders from the Child Welfare League of America on building partnerships and collaboration for child and youth services
  • Participating on the  UNM Workforce Development Project
  • Co-hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum with the Association for Developmental Disability Community Providers and the New Mexico Health Care Association.

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