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To TopNational Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Grant with Friends Social Science Research Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

The Friends Research Institute in collaboration with Sangre de Cristo Community Health partnership is conducting a randomized clinical trial entitled "SBIRT in New Mexico" to compare the effectiveness of an interpersonal brief intervention with a promising computerized brief intervention. This study is being conducted in two community health centers in New Mexico and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1RO1 DA 026003). It is examining changes in alcohol and prescription and other drug use, HIV risk behaviors and their associated health consequences. In addition, the study will assess whether participants' computer experience differentially moderates the effectiveness of the two interventions. Findings from the study are expected to be available in 2014.

To TopNew Mexico Highlands University SAMHSA funded Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, Las Vegas, New Mexico

    1. New Mexico Highlands University has received one of the SAMHSA funded Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Program Grants and Sangre de Cristo has ben asked to work with the University to implement, administer and evaluate the Highlands University program. The award is designed to identify and reduce the risk and occurrence of campus and/or student's potential for suicide and suicide ideation. Collaboration on this project with NMHU brings approximately $80K to SDCCHP over the next 3 years.

    2. In February 2010, Thomas Peterson, PhD, our Assistant Clinical Director, along with Rosie Martinez, our Campus Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Arturo Gonzales, PhD, attended a 3 day National Conference on the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant in Orlando, Flordia.

To TopPrimary Care FQHC Fair Market Billing Agreement

    1. A collaborative model was developed with Sangre de Cristo and our partner Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) a FQHC-Behavioral Health Collaborative which would provide for the billing of SDCCHP behavioral health services provided at the FQHC site to the public and private insurances. The goal of the model being to provide some level of financial sustainability to the SDCCHP-SBIRT program at the same time as not endangering the FQHC statutory requirements of the partner community health center.

    2. In the collaborative model SDCCHP furnishes the capacity to provide a specific scope of behavioral health services at multiple federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in New Mexico. Specifically, the FQHCs (rather than SDCCHP) becomes the direct provider of behavioral health services to be furnished by SDCCHP's personnel within the FQHC's scope of project.

    3. Sangre de Cristo Community Health Partnership has attempted to establish a benchmark for fair market value to the FQHC by comparing the average salaries of the SDCCHP Behavioral Health counselor Providers eith the average salaries of similar behavioral health counselor providers paid by four different, non-affiliated entities in the region. these entities included: Behavioral Health Counselor salaries as reported from the Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona area; the Denver, Aurora, and Boulder, Colorado area, a general national Mental Health counselor salary survey, the University of New Mexico Health sciences Centere, and the Veterans Administration.

To TopSBIRT and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Project

At the request of CSVH we have submitted a proposal and budget for the implementation of the SBIRT program in the hospital emergency and in-patient departments.

To TopSAMHSA Administrator's National Advisory Committee Appointment

    1. Arturo Gonzales, Executive Director, was nominated by SAMHSA and invited by the HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council.

    2. The law requires that the SAMHSA National Advisory council be composed of 12 members appointed by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Nine of the members must be leading representatives of the health disciplines relevant to the activities of SAMHSA (including public health and behavioral a d social sciences), three members must be from the general public behavioral and social sciences), three members must be from the general public (including leaders in the fields of public policy, public relations, law, health policy economics, or management). Members are appointed for 1-4 year terms. In addition the appointed members, such as Arturo Gonzales, are four non-voting Federal ex-officio members, including the Secretary, HHS; the Administrator, SAMHSA; the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Veteran Affairs; and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; or their designees.

    3. The primary responsibility of the SAMHSA Council is to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator concerning policies and activies carried out by and through SAMHSA. The SAMHSA Council will meet on an as needed basis. Generally, there will be two face-to-face meetings a year, which will last for approximately days each.

To TopWhat is the NM SBIRT Telehealth Initiative?

The NM SBIRT Telehealth Initiative is a major project in the area of Telehealth for the use of technology within the rural areas of New Mexico by Sangre SBIRT and the New Mexico Department of Health.

The goal of NM SBIRT is to create a statewide Telehealth system for substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.

SBIRT Telehealth Technology is used for:

  • Clinical supervision of the SBIRT Behavioral Health Counselors
  • Conducting patient clinical staffing and consultations
  • Providing continuing professional clinical education to the NM SBIRT Behavioral Health counselors, and the NM SBIRT partner site clinical providers and staff.

Federal SAMHSA-CSAT funds were used to support the purchase of equipment to establish the network and to establish continued connectivity with the SBIRT partners.

To TopHow Does It Work?

Sangre implementation calls for payment for all equipment and connectivity in the first year thus sustaining the project for the initial years

All equipment was purchased through a process of competitive bids Sangre NM SBIRT provides the installation and training

There will be no recurring costs after the first year because of the a vantage of GSA pricing schedules

Sangre NM SBIRT has developed Telehealth Agreements and Business Associate Agreements with each of its Partner sites for HIPAA compliance.

Sangre NM SBIRT and UNMCH have developed and finalized a Telehealth Implementation and Training Manual for the sites:

  • to provide a basic understanding of telehealth technologies, applications and operational issues
  • protocols and polices to ensure the safe, efficient and effective utilization of telehealth technologies while providing services

To TopWho Is Involved?

  • Santa Fe, Admin Office
  • First Choice, Albuquerque
  • First Choice, Edgewood
  • Gallup, Indian Medical Center
  • UNM, CRCBH
  • NM Technet

To TopOther Projects

  • Health Care Reform and the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange
    • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 (Health Care Reform) authorized State Planning and Establishment Grants to help each individual state establish a "Health Insurance Exchange".

  • Motivational Interviewing Skills Training
    • Proven strategies for helping people change

  • New Mexico Telehealth Alliance
    • The NM Telehealth Alliance is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting telehealth solutions to deliver quality healthcare throughout the state. The Alliance is a network of members representing a broad spectrum of public and private healthcare organizations. We provide technical and program support to our members and enable them to effectively share resources. Our board members, officers, and executive director are all volunteers.
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