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State announces App-based support for treatment and recovery of substance use disorder The Connections App provides 24/7 peer support for individuals battling opioid, alcohol, and other substance use disorders
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced today that they are partnering with CHESS Health to provide peer support via the eRecovery Connections app for community members in treatment and recovery for substance use disorder.
The app is part of the Connections for Recovery Initiative, which equips New Mexico's behavioral health providers with an additional tool to support people battling opioid, alcohol, or other substance use disorder.
“The Connections app is a support tool to be used in conjunction with treatment for people with substance use disorder or people experiencing behavioral health issues,” said Angela Medrano, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “This tool helps increase treatment adherence and supports individuals on their path to recovery.”
“We need to do everything we can to keep helping people achieve sustained recovery from substance use disorder,” said Neal Bowen, PhD., Director of HSD’s Behavioral Health Services. “That’s exactly why the time is right for us to support individuals day and night, no matter where they are —We can do that with the Connections app.”
HSD partnered with CHESS Health to provide a set of evidence-based digital tools and peer support as an extension of treatment and therapy for substance use disorder. These tools help individuals reduce isolation, build confidence, and adhere to a treatment and recovery plan. The Connections app is available at no cost to providers and patients through tribal health centers, community health centers that are federally qualified health centers, sober living residences, and through other resources such as the 988 crisis support line.
The c***ections app includes specialized support for teens, pregnant and postpartum people, and returning citizens with experience in the justice system. The app is also available directly to community members here.
Additional app-based technology currently available to New Mexicans is the NMConnect app, designed as an extension of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line’s array of services and a tool for finding resources.
About the Human Services Department
We talk, interpret and smile in all languages. We provide written information to our customers in both English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 languages through our provider, CTS Language Link. For our hearing, and speech impaired customers, we utilize Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service that ensures equal communication access via the telephone to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled.
The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,066,409 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.
About CHESS Health
CHESS Health is the leading provider of service-enabled technology supporting the entire addiction management and recovery lifecycle. The CHESS platform virtually manages recovery across the continuum, getting more patients into treatment (eIntervention), improving outcomes through digital CBT (eTherapy), and reducing relapse and enabling long-term recovery (eRecovery). Nationally recognized by SAMSHA and NREPP, CHESS Health’s evidence-based platform helps providers, health plans, and government organizations achieve higher abstinence rates, reduce relapses, and lower the cost of care. For more information, visit www.chess.health.
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Human Services Department launches campaign educating the public about the new 988 crisis support line
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announces that beginning Saturday, everyone in the state will have access to the new 988 crisis support line. The easy-to-remember three-digit dialing code, along with a statewide focus on more proactive and coordinated care known as the Crisis Now system, will reach significantly more New Mexicans in need of mental and behavioral health support.
“988 breaks down one more barrier for those seeking mental health or substance abuse help, opening the door for healthier lives for all New Mexicans,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “This is another important step in this administration’s efforts to create a behavioral health crisis system that better responds to anyone in need.”
New Mexico residents will be able to call, text or chat 988, the 24/7 crisis support line to c***ect with a compassionate behavioral health professional.
“The Crisis Now system is going to enable us to help New Mexicans when they are at their most vulnerable point in their lives,” said David R. Scrase, M.D. cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “Serving people in need through the 988 crisis support line and expanding mobile crisis teams around the state will save lives.”
NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s dedication to create accessible and high quality behavioral healthcare for all New Mexicans led to efforts in creating mobile crisis teams, and crisis receiving center models that are sustainable in frontier, rural and tribal communities across the state.
People who call 988 are given three options; 1) to c***ect with the veterans crisis line, 2) to c***ect with the Spanish subnetwork, 3) to remain on the line and be c***ected to a crisis center. People can also text the word “TALK” to 988, and will be c***ected to their local crisis call center that is equipped to respond to texts. Chat is also available through Lifeline's website: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
“The 988 Crisis Now system will revitalize access to behavioral health services through a coordinated system, triggered by a call, text or chat asking for help,” said Neal Bowen, PhD., Director of Behavioral Health Services Division. “We have listened to many communities across the state, including folks who have made use of the existing system to respond to crises, to build a better response to behavioral health crises, that is to get people the care they want and deserve.”
HSD’s Behavioral Health Division has worked diligently alongside various partners, such as the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, to help build the behavioral health infrastructure needed to support New Mexicans.
“As the call center ‘hub’ supporting the State of New Mexico's expanded crisis response network, we are honored to continue to be here to hear New Mexicans when they need to talk,” said Wendy Linebrink-Allison, Program Manager for the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line. “The expansion to support people via chat or text beginning July 16, along with the upcoming behavioral health led mobile crisis response teams, will make an incredible difference for engaging people in the right support at the right time during their most vulnerable moments.”
For more information, please visit 988nm.org
Lifeline Chat Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Su***de Prevention Lifeline, c***ecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.
Tenants Rights! What You Need to Know if You Can't Pay Rent
RENTER’S RIGHTS: WHAT TENANTS NEED TO KNOW IF THEY CAN'T PAY RENT
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CAN'T PAY MY RENT ?
• Talk to the landlord and explain your
situation. Try to work out a payment plan
before the landlord gives you a 3-day
notice or takes you to court. Put it in
• Apply for rental or utility assistance help as
soon as possible at:
or call 1-833-485-1334
• Get more information by calling 311 or
IS THERE STILL A MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS
IN NEW MEXICO?
• No, both the federal and state
moratoriums have ended.
WHAT STEPS DOES THE LANDLORD HAVE TO
TAKE TO EVICT ME?
• A landlord must give you a 3, 7 or 30-day
notice with the reasons for terminating the
lease before the landlord can go to court
to evict you.
• There has to be a court hearing and an
order for eviction from the judge.
• But, you can agree to move out
voluntarily. You may still owe the rent
money to the landlord even if you move
out. Decide what is best for you.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:
• You cannot be legally evicted without a
• It is illegal for a landlord to force you out
without a court order by:
o Changing the locks
o Disc***ecting electricity, water
o Being violent
o Threatening to do these things
WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO PREVENT AN
• Apply for rental assistance as soon as
possible if rent money is the issue.
• Go to court for the hearing. During the
pandemic some hearings may be over the
phone. Missing a hearing could mean you
will be evicted and lose your home.
• If your landlord files documents in court to
evict you, you can go to court and ask for
mediation, for more time to pay, or dispute
the other reasons given by the landlord for
• Talk to an attorney when you know you
may face eviction:
GET LEGAL HELP:
NEW MEXICO LEGAL AID: 833-545-4357
SENIOR CITIZEN’S LAW OFFICE: 505-265-2300
Extension of maximum SNAP benefits will continue in June 2022
New Mexicans able to purchase ready-to-eat foods from deli department through
July 12, 2022 due to wildfires
SANTA FE – New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits will continue to receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of June.
Additionally, SNAP recipients are able to purchase hot food prepared for immediate consumption with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card from deli departments at EBT authorized retailers through July 12, 2022 due to wildfires, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved HSD’s request to ensure New Mexico families who are not able to prepare hot food due to home damages or displacement caused by the federally declared disaster wildfires have access to meals. This does not include restaurants or other non-EBT authorized retailers.
Supported by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the State Human Services Department has ensured SNAP clients qualify for maximum benefits throughout the Public Health Emergency. Customers should ensure their contact information is up-to-date.
"We’re here to support families when they need us most," said Angela Medrano, Deputy Secretary for HSD. "Providing access to fresh, nutritious foods and having hot food available when you’re displaced and unable to cook is essential for families."
The easiest way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date is on the YesNM website: www.yes.state.nm.us. Users can simply and easily update their address using the chat functionality there. Step-by-step directions on how to update your address are available here. Individuals seeking to apply for or check their SNAP benefits may apply online through www.yes.state.nm.us or by phone at 1-800-283-4465.
The Human Services Department would like to remind New Mexicans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits that they can double up food bucks and purchase more fruits and vegetables when they spend SNAP EBT card dollars at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and grocery stores. For example, if you spend $10 from your SNAP EBT Card at a participating outlet, they will give you another $10 to buy fresh fruits and veggies grown in New Mexico. There are nearly 80 locations across New Mexico. Learn more at: https://www.doubleupnm.org/.
State helps New Mexicans navigate tuition-free college with new website
ReachHigherNM.com helps students explore scholarships, apply for college, and more
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Higher Education Department have launched a new tool to help all New Mexico students and families access tuition-free college.
ReachHigherNM.com is a one-stop resource that guides New Mexicans to learn more about the New Mexico Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, search and apply to public colleges and universities, and helps students maximize scholarship opportunities.
“Not only is college too expensive, but figuring out how to apply and get money for school is too complicated,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Making college and career training tuition-free for New Mexicans through the Opportunity Scholarship was the first step, but my administration is going above and beyond to make sure that everyone who wants to pursue higher education has a clear path to the door.”
“Starting the application process for college can be frustrating, especially for first-generation students and students who have been out of school for a while,” Higher Education Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez said. “Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration is here to help students and families understand how they can benefit from the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, and to support them from day one by c***ecting them to the schools, programs, and resources they need. ReachHigherNM.com is setting New Mexicans up for success.”
To receive the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships and any other federal aid they may qualify for, New Mexicans can follow a simple three-step process – 1) apply to any public college or university in New Mexico, 2) complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and 3) enroll in the required number of credit hours at the participating school of their choice.
Gov. Lujan Grisham signed the Opportunity Scholarship Act into law this March, establishing the most encompassing and accessible tuition-free college program in the country. Funded at $75 million, tens of thousands of students enrolled at New Mexico public colleges and universities have access to free college starting this Fall. Over 10,000 students have already benefitted from the Opportunity Scholarship since 2020.
The Opportunity Scholarship covers tuition and fees for New Mexico residents enrolling part time or full time at a participating New Mexico school toward a career training certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree, regardless of when they finished high school. The scholarship also allows students to stack other scholarships and grants beyond tuition and fees to defray other college-related costs such as books and materials, housing, childcare, and transportation.
Over the past ten years, New Mexico has added 10,000 new jobs with an average salary of $90,000 or higher, but the majority of these jobs require some level of education or training beyond high school. The Opportunity Scholarship will help fill critical workforce needs and help New Mexicans access rewarding careers with family-sustaining wages, right here in New Mexico.
Prospective students can use the interactive eligibility tool at ReachHigherNM.com to determine which scholarship program they can potentially qualify for by answering a few short questions. They can also explore college options, contact their school’s financial aid office, or reach out to the New Mexico Higher Education Department for additional help.
There is no separate application for the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships. Students must simply apply to a participating public college or university and enroll in the required number of classes in an eligible certificate or degree program. Students are also urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as FAFSA, and other scholarship opportunities to access additional funds they may be eligible to receive.
“Many students and families get lost in the process of applying for higher education, as well as accessing financial aid opportunities. They become overwhelmed and oftentimes give up or wait until financial aid and scholarships deadlines have passed, limiting their choices and resources,” said Alexandra Kramer, counselor at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. “ReachHigherNM.com is extremely user friendly and helps to solidify the requirements for individuals regarding both the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship and the Opportunity Scholarship. The step-by-step questionnaire is straightforward and easy to complete, and I appreciate the map with the colleges and universities participating, as well as the quick links to apply, complete the FAFSA and enroll. It really streamlines the process!”
“This website provides a user-friendly space for students and parents to navigate through our state's new free tuition initiative as they are making their final decisions for their post-secondary education,” said Eloisa Sanchez, Santa Fe Public Schools GEAR UP Coordinator. The federally-funded GEAR UP college readiness program is administered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and helps students at middle and high schools in communities across the state prepare for college and careers.
“ReachHigherNM.com is a great resource for those looking to pursue post-secondary education,” said Grace Tackman, Vice President of the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation. “This is a crucially-needed piece in helping future students determine their eligibility for our state scholarship programs.” The organization leads statewide outreach to high school students, parents, and counselors on state and federal scholarship and grant programs and how to navigate the college-going process.
Students are encouraged to begin exploring their college options now and submit applications soon if they plan to attend school in the fall.
For more information, visit www.ReachHigherNM.com or contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Financial Aid Division at [email protected] or 1-800-279-9777.
Free Higher Education for Every New Mexican With the New Mexico Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, there are options for every New Mexican to pursue higher education without having to worry about the cost of tuition and fees.
Disaster food benefits available for victims of New Mexico Wildfires
Applications for individuals and families in five New Mexico counties will be accepted starting next week
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that New Mexicans who have been affected by the recent wildfires that began in April may be eligible to apply for disaster food benefits during a seven-day application process that begins Tuesday, June 7 and ends Monday, June 13.
At the governor’s request, the state has received approval for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for five New Mexico counties.
These benefits are available to low-income residents affected by the wildfires. Approximately 27,500 residents may apply who work or live in the following five counties: Colfax, Lincoln (ZIP codes 88345 and 88312), San Miguel, Mora and Valencia (ZIP code 87002). The Presidential Disaster Declaration included five counties impacted by the Big Hole, Calf Canyon and Hermit’s Peak, Cooks Peak, and McBride fires. Residents in Taos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties were not included in the disaster declaration and are not eligible for D-SNAP at this time.
“We are thankful for our federal partners for providing New Mexicans with this assistance as they recover from the devastating impacts of these wildfires,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Now, more New Mexicans can receive the support they need to feed their families as we work together to recover and rebuild.”
The 7-day application timeline is a federal requirement.
D-SNAP is available to residents of affected counties who would not ordinarily be eligible under SNAP guidelines and who lived or worked in these counties. A resident may be eligible for D-SNAP benefits if their home or belongings were damaged or destroyed and if they have unreimbursed disaster-related expenses or a loss or reduction of income as a result of the wildfires. Eligible households will receive one month of benefits that they can use to purchase groceries at SNAP-authorized stores or from select retailers online.
Impacted residents can apply for D-SNAP at the four sites below in addition to all local Income Support Offices beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 and ending at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2022. The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the following locations:
• John Marshall Health and Human Services Center: 1500 Walter, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
• New Mexico Highlands University, Student Union Building, 3rd Floor: 800 National Ave. Las Vegas, NM 87701
• Juan Gonzales Agricultural Center: 202 Chamisa Rd. Taos, NM 87571
• Eastern New Mexico University: 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 (closed Sunday)
• All HSD Income Support Division Offices
Elderly and/or disabled residents who do not have transportation may call and apply on the phone and document their case and verbally attest their information at: 1-800-283-4465. Those applications will be accepted Tuesday, June 7 through Monday, June 13. Applications cannot be accepted before June 7.
Income Support Division staff will determine eligibility for evacuees. Residents need to only bring verification of identity. Benefit levels are based on the table below:
Household Size Monthly Income Limit for Households with Emergency Expenses Deduction Disaster-Related
Expenses D-SNAP Allotment
1 $2,864.40 $1,016.40 $250.00
2 $3,450.30 $1,224.30 $459.00
3 $4,036.20 $1,432.20 $658.00
4 $4,634.50 $1,644.50 $835.00
5 $5,268.45 $1,869.45 $992.00
6 $5,902.40 $2,094.40 $1,190.00
7 $6,489.85 $2,302.85 $1,316.00
8 $7,075.75 $2,510.75 $1,504.00
Each additional member +$587.45 +$208.45 +$188.00
To ensure every applicant receives one-on-one guidance from staff, the New Mexico Human Services Department will assist residents in alphabetical order based on their last name for the first four days of the application period. The remaining three days will be available to all applicants.
Date Alphabet served
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 A-F
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 G - M
Thursday, June 9, 2022 N - S
Friday, June 10, 2022 T - Z
Saturday, June 11, 2022 A - Z
Sunday, June 12, 2022 A - Z
Monday, June 13, 2022 A - Z
We talk, interpret and smile in all languages. HSD provides written information to our customers in both English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 languages through our provider, CTS Language Link. For our hearing and speech impaired customers, we utilize Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service that ensures equal communication access via the telephone to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled.
The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,065,029 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.
Creative Work Solutions provides adults throughout New Mexico with the services and supports they need to get a job, develop a career, and become self sufficient in today's turbulent economy. People, business, and communities all benefit from participation in the New Mexico Works program.
new mexico works: for parents and families
The New Mexico Works program is based on the belief that work is one of the essential ingredients in each family's journey toward self reliance. The program's strategy is to use work experience, combined with life skill development, education and support to place parents in suitable, sustainable employment. Services are tailored to ensure that each parent and family has the services and supports needed to be successful. The New Mexico Works program is managed by the state of New Mexico Income Support Division. Creative Work Solutions is a contracted provider of the New Mexico Works Program.
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