To transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities. 

Department Overview

The Mission of the Health Care Authority

We ensure that New Mexicans attain their highest level of health by providing whole-person, cost-effective, accessible, and high-quality health care and safety-net services.


Every New Mexican has access to affordable health care coverage through a coordinated and seamless health care system.


  1. Leverage purchasing power and partnerships to create innovative policies and models of comprehensive health care coverage that improve the health and well-being of New Mexicans and the workforce.
  2. Achieve health equity by addressing poverty, discrimination, and lack of resources, building a New Mexico where everyone thrives.
  3. Implement innovative technology and data-driven decision-making to provide unparalleled, convenient access to services and information.
  4. Build the best team in state government by supporting employees’ continuous growth and wellness.


Overview of the Department 

The NM Human Services Department (HSD) manages a budget of approximately $7 billion dollars* of state and federal funds and administers services to more than 800,000 low-income New Mexicans through programs such as:

  • Behavioral Health Services (mental illness, substance abuse and compulsive gambling)
  • Child Support Establishment and Enforcement
  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
  • Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD)
  • General Assistance for low-income individuals with disabilities
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Meals for Homeless People
  • Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Refugee Resettlement Program (RRS)
  • School Commodity Foods Program
  • SNAP Education Program (SNAP-Ed)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The programs are administered through our Program Divisions:

  1. Medical Assistance Division (MAD)
  2. Income Support Division (ISD)
  3. Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED)
  4. Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD)

HSD is also a key member of the NM Behavioral Health Collaborative and works across state agencies to collaborate on behavioral health issues.

HCA Organizational Chart


Our Partners

Office of the Governor

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Aging and Long-Term Services

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Behavioral Health Collaborative

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Children, Youth, and Families Department

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Department of Health

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Governor’s Commission on Disability

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Medical Board

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Pharmacy Board

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Department Overview