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

June 13, 2018

Dear Members,  All postings are listed  by category … simply scroll down the right side of any of the navigation pages.

Recent News Events

The newly elected  NMBHPA Board of Directors and Officers are announced in this section.   Congratulations to all, and many thanks for your investment in building our Association.

Brian Serna is offering free CEU’s  for CRAFT group leaders in the Northern New Mexico Catholic parishes.

Many of you have asked about the status of the MCO’s not selected for contracting in Centennial Care 2.0.   Here is an update on UHC.

Note:  There is a July  20  deadline for applying to the Partners in Planning training that looks good.

Upcoming Events

The next round MCO of Provider Forums scheduled for July 26 are posted.  Providers who have been attending are receiving resolution on their specific issues and our partnership communication with the MCO’s is improving.  Please join in.

On July 23 we’ve posted a 1.5 hour free Webinar on “Staff Self-Care in Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention”.  

Reminder:    We meet with State Agencies and MCO’s on Monday July 16.   All providers are welcome to attend or call in.

Reminder:   Our next Quarterly Membership meeting is August 13.  Plan to attend.

State, Regional and National News

Dr. David Ley forwarded a JAMA article on over use of psychiatric medication and diagnosis in children on Medicaid.   And Bryce Pittinger at CYFD forwarded a copy of New Mexico’s response to overpresecribing;  a paper published by New Mexico experts in  October 2017,  PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION UTILIZATION PARAMETERS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE Introduction and General Principles.  Give all of your physicians  a copy of each, the article and New Mexco’s response.   And then talk together about these issue and how they might affect the children your agency serves.

National Council Capitol Connector reports on Kentucky’s efforts regarding  Medicaid Work  Requirements.

Wishing you a very Lucky  Friday the 13th.   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.

Add your voice. Become a member and advocate for clients and services.