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NEW MEXICO HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT

New Mexico Human Services Department

For nearly a decade, TAC has worked with the State of New Mexico's Human Services Department (HSD) on initiatives to improve the behavioral health system, expand the availability of permanent supportive housing, and ready the Department for changes under health reform. TAC worked with HSD to conduct a multi-systems and multi-dimensional quantitative and qualitative analysis of all aspects of public behavioral health needs, service capacities, and gaps in services, and to implement strategies for systems improvements. This resulted in major changes and improvements to the State's behavioral health system, including implementation of a system-wide Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative in which public payers collaborate in specifying and purchasing best practice behavioral health services for defined priority service populations.

TAC also assisted with New Mexico's mental health transformation state incentive grant (TSIG) by developing cross-agency behavioral health initiatives that included new recovery services for adults with mental illness and addictive disorders, and the development of core service agencies for children and their families with mental health and addiction needs.

TAC assisted the New Mexico Behavioral Purchasing Health Collaborative to design and implement a permanent supportive housing initiative for adults and transition age youth. TAC assisted the Collaborative to develop and implement a 10-year permanent supportive housing plan with a goal to create 5,000 units of permanent supportive housing tied to Medicaid reimbursement for services. Since then New Mexico has created bridge rental and permanent supportive housing programs. 

More recently, TAC helped the Collaborative to identify priority areas and opportunities within health reform to maximize existing and new financing opportunities for services, including an assessment of the use of health homes to promote integration of physical and behavioral health.