Behavioral Health Providers Association of New Mexico

We stand for Accessible, Inclusive, Effective Behavioral Health

NMBHPA is an association of more than 70 publicly funded New Mexico behavioral healthcare provider individuals and organizations who share a vision of accessible, inclusive, and effective behavioral health service and mental well being for all. 

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and a staff Executive Director, we are dedicated to strengthening the behavioral healthcare system in New Mexico. NMBHPA provides a platform for providers to gather and share information, access education, and advocate for continuous system improvements and positive change.

NMBHPA regularly engages with the New Mexico Human Services Department and the Children Youth and Families Department, and with other state agencies, through standing meetings and issue-specific work groups. We educate NMBHPA members on how to raise issues and participate in problem-solving, and we employ routine processes to bring important behavioral healthcare concerns to the attention of local government. NMBHPA is committed to a service environment that allows providers to protect the community and those in need of mental healthcare. In part, this requires a strong and viable partnership with members of the New Mexico State Legislature and executive agencies charged with oversight of the Behavioral Health System.

Why Become a Member?

Join the New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Association (NMBHPA) for privileged access to a network of behavioral health entities united for inclusive mental health services.


  • Networking and Resource Sharing: Connect with over 70 publicly funded behavioral healthcare providers in New Mexico.
  • Advocacy and Representation: Be part of a collective voice advocating for the interests of behavioral health providers in New Mexico.
  • Visibility: Increase visibility within the behavioral health community and potential clients.
  • Research and Data: Receive access to relevant research findings, data, and reports related to behavioral health in New Mexico.
  • Member Communications: Receive regular updates, and communications to stay informed about association activities and industry news. Access member-only discussion groups to facilitate communication and information exchange.
  • National Council for Mental Wellbeing: Become a fulltime member of the National Council with full membership benefits.

Join us in enhancing diverse and culturally relevant behavioral health services across New Mexico!


Executive Committee

Executive Director Maggie McCowen, MBA, LISW

Executive Assistant Cheryl Beer

2023-2024 Board of Directors

David Ley, President New Mexico Solutions

Kathleen Karimi, Treasurer Behavioral Change Institute

Brad Rikel, Secretary Mental Health Resources 
Stacey Romero, Vice-President Presbyterian Medical Services

Erin Hourihan Childhaven

Michael DeBernardi The Life Link

Tony Dixon The Mountain Center

Pierce Ferriegel The Community Lighthouse

Michael Foust Guidance Center of Lea County

Philip Huston Carlsbad Lifehouse

Lawrence Medina Rio Grande Alcohol Treatment Centers

Jack Siamu Youth Development Inc.

Patricia Singh A New Awakening, Inc.

Sun Vega Teambuilders, Inc.

Member Directory

What Our Members Say

“NMBHPA has provided me a network of fellow providers throughout New Mexico who have an insurmountable amount of knowledge in the world of NM Behavioral Health. It is beyond helpful to be able to present ideas and brainstorm with such a variety of providers.” Molly Chavez

"Being a member of NMBHPA has truly been a transformative experience. The collaborative environment and commitment to mental health advocacy are unparalleled. Through NMBHPA, I've gained valuable insights, resources, and connections that have enhanced my ability to support individuals with behavioral health needs. I'm grateful to be part of such a dynamic community dedicated to improving mental health outcomes in New Mexico." – Devan Manilla

The NMBHPA keeps our agency updated on important legislative and policy changes. Throughout the year, team members from different departments in our organization participate in the biweekly meetings to ask questions and share ideas. We appreciate the chance to learn about different programs and client populations and enjoy networking with industry professionals throughout the state. The NMBHPA provides us with a strong voice in the NM Legislature as well as with the Managed Care Organizations and NM BHSD. In addition, membership offers ample opportunities for our team to contribute to advancing the profession and to assume leadership roles in behavioral health initiatives. – Katharine Spehar, SHRM-SCP