SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN NEW MEXICO
In school year 1997/98 there were 40 centers in the state, an increase of 8 over two years. However, this number decreased by ten to 30 centers in school year 1999/2000. Centers receive $400,000 in state funding. Slightly more than half (16) of the centers are located in rural areas and 50 percent of centers serve high school students. New Mexico has actively encouraged SBHC participation in Medicaid; the latest survey reports that the state is experimenting with SBHC participation in managed care. Five centers currently have contracts with managed care plans.


Descriptive Data
SBHCs with primary care providers
Types of schools housing SBHCs
Location of SBHCs



State Policies
Table I: Policies Regarding Third Party Payments for SBHC Services

SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service Medicaid Yes
SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service SCHIP No
State policy specifically prohibits SBHCs from billing Medicaid No
State requires through law, managed care contracts or regulations that Medicaid managed care provider networks inlcude SBHCs Yes
State prohibits SBHCs from being paid for care provided to Medicaid managed care beneficiaries No
State requires through law, managed care contracts or regulations that SCHIP managed care provider networks inlcude SBHCs No
State encourages through law, mangaed care contracts or regulations that SCHIP managed care provider networks include SBHCs No

Table II: Programs and Policies that Support SBHCs

Is there a program unit which is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities interested in SBHCs? Yes
Does this office administer a grant program that supports SBHCs? Yes
Does the state have targeting guidelines for state-funded SBHCs? Yes
Has the state established operating standards for SBHCs?* Yes
Are SBHCs licensed by state health licensing authority? No

*Operating standards for SBHCs in New Mexico are recommended.
Table III: SBHCs and Managed Care Experience

Do any SBHCs in the state have contracts with managed care plans? Yes
Do any SBHCs participate in commercial plans? No
Does state law permit nurse practitioners to participate in managed care provider networks as primary care providers? No

 

Table IV: SBHCs and Community Support

Has the state health department or education agency sponsored polls or organized focus groups to identify public intersts or concerns regarding SBHCs? No
Has the state agency been asked to provide inforamtion on how to start, operate, or fund a SBHC? Yes
Has the state agency been contacted by persons who were worried about the opening of SBHCs in their communities? Yes
Has the agency been contacted by persons opposed to the opening of SBHCs in the State? Yes
Do SBHCs assess parent and/or student satisfaction with their services? Yes

 

 

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1999/2000

 

State Agency Mental Health Services $200,000
State General Fund $200,000
Total $400,000

 

Source: National Survey of School-Based Health Centers 2000,
Making the Grade


Contact Information:

Patricia Nelson
School Health Officer
New Mexico Department of Health
1190 St. Francis
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505/827-2504
Fax: 505/827-0021
Email: PatsyN@doh.state.nm.us

Related Links:

New Mexico Department of Health
http://www.health.state.nm.us