New Mexico expands integrated mental health and substance use services with new clinic program

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced today that New Mexico has been selected as one of ten states to receive enhanced federal Medicaid funding for an initiative aimed at transforming behavioral health services. This development is part of a four-year Medicaid Demonstration program spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

“We are proud that New Mexico has been selected as one of the states to participate in this innovative approach to behavioral health,” said Kari Armijo, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “The launch of CCBHCs is a significant step forward in ensuring that all New Mexicans will have access to high-quality, comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment.” 

Starting on January 1, 2025, New Mexico will launch certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) in the state. These clinics will improve access to mental health and substance use treatment by providing sustainable Medicaid funding for a broad spectrum of evidence-based services.  

“CCBHCs are pivotal to our strategy to expand and improve access to evidence-based behavioral health services in our state”, said Dana Flannery, New Mexico Medicaid director. “Through a no-wrong door approach, these clinics will offer 24/7 crisis services and comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment for New Mexicans.”  

CCBHCs are specially designated clinics that provide a comprehensive range of outpatient mental health, substance use disorder, and primary care screening services, serving youth and adults of all ages. These clinics must serve anyone who walks through the door, regardless of age, insurance, or diagnosis.  

“These designated CCBHC providers will deliver high quality and well-coordinated services, said Nick Boukas, director of HSD’s Behavioral Health Services Division. “This initiative will bolster our capacity to address behavioral health needs including substance use disorder in New Mexico.” 

HSD, in collaboration with the Children’s Youth and Families Department (CYFD), has provisionally certified six providers as CCBHCs, giving them the option to participate in the program:  

  • University of New Mexico Health System in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties 
  • All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center in Bernalillo County 
  • Carlsbad Life House in Eddy County 
  • Families & Youth Innovations Plus in Doña Ana County 
  •  Santa Fe Recovery Center in Santa Fe and McKinley Counties 
  • Mental Health Resources in Curry County 

These providers will be required to meet stringent criteria regarding timeliness, quality, and coordination of services.  

For more information, visit CCBHC – New Mexico Recovery Project ( 

To access HHS press release, click here.  


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