Human Services Department Commemorates World Mental Health Day

New Mexico Medicaid introduces enhanced Medicaid rates for five key behavioral health practices 

SANTA FE – On this World Mental Health Day, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) stands together with our communities, acknowledging the significance of mental health and well-being for all residents of our great state. 

Mental health is a fundamental component of our overall quality of life, and it’s essential that everyone has access to the support they need. In this spirit, HSD is pleased to announce the significant steps the department is taking to enhance the availability of evidence-based behavioral health practices. 

HSD is excited to introduce enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates for five evidence-based, behavioral health practices, namely Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Functional Family Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. These therapies have demonstrated their effectiveness in addressing a wide range of mental health challenges, offering hope and healing to those in need. 

HSD worked on incentivized rates that will be reimbursed upon Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval of the submitted State Plan Amendment (SPA), retroactive to a July 1, 2023 effective date for approved providers.  In preparation for implementation, agencies and practitioners who are interested in providing these services and accessing the incentivized rates, may apply through the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Center of Innovation (COI) at   

“Our commitment to improve mental health care in New Mexico remains steadfast,” said Alex Castillo Smith, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “By offering enhanced reimbursement rates for these evidence-based practices, we are dedicated to making these critical services more accessible to all New Mexicans.” 

“We encourage New Mexicans to seek the support they deserve. Everyone’s mental health is of utmost importance, and there is no shame in seeking help,” said Nick Boukas, HSD’s Behavioral Health Services Director. “If you or someone you know is facing mental or emotional challenges, please reach out to a qualified behavioral health provider or call, chat or text 988 — the 24/7 mental and emotional support lifeline.” 

As we observe World Mental Health Day, let us remember that together, we can make a positive impact in the lives of our fellow New Mexicans. HSD is committed to fostering a healthier and more resilient state, where everyone can thrive. 

For additional information regarding the enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates and available behavioral health services, please visit our website at

To learn more about 988, visit 


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The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,018,012 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.