Crisis Triage Center Rule Update

October 5, 2019 e-mail from M. Shelley Strong
Co-Acting General Counsel , Department of Health

We are writing to provide a status update on the Crisis Triage Centers (CTC) Rule, part 7.30.13 NMAC. The CTC rule is nearing the end of its promulgation process. After careful consideration of the  comments from the community and the recommendation of the hearing officer, Secretary Lynn Gallagher has adopted the Crisis Triage Centers Rule as of September 21, 2018. The rule is set for publication on October 16, 2018. We want to thank our partners at HSD and CYFD for their ongoing collaboration during the development of these regulations.

Entities wishing to apply for a CTC license should contact Chris Burmeister at the Division of Health Improvement at Upon publication of the rule, DOH will post  the final version of the rule on our website at .

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss further.

Thank you!



President signs final FY 2019 Labor-HHS bill into law

From Wayne Lindstrom

On Friday, September 28th, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6157, the FY 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies. The enrolled bill provides full-year funding (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019) for programs within HHS, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


  • $1.858 billion for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant (level compared to FY2018)
  • $1.5 billion for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program (+$500 million)
  • $458 million for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) (+$55 million)
  • $89 million for the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction program (+$5 million)
  • $29 million for the Pregnant & Postpartum Women program (level)
  • $205 million for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) (-$42 million attributed to moving First Responder Training program and Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/ Opioid Overdose Related Deaths program from CSAP to CSAT)
    • $119 million for the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success program (level)


  • $525 million for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (+$16 million)
  • $1.4 billion for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (+$36 million)


  • $648 million for Injury Prevention and Control (level)
    • $475 million for Opioid Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) (level)


  • $1.625 billion for Community Health Centers (level)


  • $12.239 billion for Programs for Children, Youth, and Families (+$217 million)
  • $20 million for Regional Partnership Grants (level)

End of Year MCO Provider Forum Changes

Due  to a conflict with the October 25 Workforce Summit, the October MCO Provider forum meetings have been changed to the 4th Wednesday, October 24 instead of the 4th Thursday.   The UHC  start time has changed from 9:30 am to 10:30 am for October 24 only, and the other MCO Provider forums are at the same time.  See Upcoming Events.

Due to holiday conflicts, the November and December MCO Provider Forums  will be changed.   Confirmed meeting times will be posted in upcoming Friday Updates.