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

November 8, 2018

Dear Members,

Recent News Events  – new postings.

The new BH Policy and Billing Manual and BH Supplement are posted, and we will be preparing public comments due by December 7.    Also, on November 19  we will meet with BHSD and MAD and will discuss these new regulations.   See Upcoming events for the meeting information.

You can review the HSD’s Budget request for FY 20 on the PowerPoint they presented to the Legislative Finance Committee.  Our Legislative Committee will be reviewing this and we will probably need to respond.

Centene, Western Skies Community Care is inviting providers to participate in claims testing prior to January 1 Go-Live.

Upcoming Events

Three upcoming events are of special note:

On November 19, 10-12 am, 0ur regular monthly meeting with BHSD, MAD and CYFD will be totally devoted to discussing and understanding the new BH Policy and Billing Manual and BH Supplement.    We will then develop our public comment.   This is a good opportunity to influence the regulations and processes that govern Medicaid services.  Please read the Manual and Supplement and participate in the meeting or send your questions to me to take in for you.

Then,  drive carefully to Albuquerque for our Quarterly Membership meeting from 1-3:30 (snacks will be available).   Our Agenda include  reports on the Association’s grant awards, legislative plans and committee activity and opportunities for you to be involved in Association activities.  Also Betty Downes will be presenting on the Treat  First Initiative and Clinical Supervision Guides soon to be available to everyone.   Lots going on, including the new administration’s agenda.   Be there!!!

Finally, our first MCO Provider Forum with Centene Western Skies Community Care will be held on November 29.   If you are having any issues with credentialing and rostering, or other contractual concerns, come to the meeting and voice them.  This is our chance to get off on the right problem-solving foot.

We are also having Provider Forums with UHC and Molina on 11/29 for closeout issues and questions.

State, Regional and National News

There’s a new posting from the National Council which keeps us updated on national behavioral health issues

Best regards,  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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