From Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Representative Suzy Whitehead (NM)

Most of the news for this issue focuses on New Mexico, but in future issues we will cover other states. I invite members from the Region to send me any news you would like to share. New Mexico has a new Governor, Susana Martinez, as well as a new Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, and a new Human Services Secretary, Sidonie Squier. We look forward to working with them to improve services to our most vulnerable students.

The New Mexico School-Based Services (SBS) Program welcomes Jacqueline Nielsen as the Program Manager. Hopefully, you all will meet Jackie in October at the NAME Annual Conference. We also say Happy Retirement to Georgia Glasgow, the Liaison to the SBS Program from the Department of Education, and a long time member of NAME.

Last winter, NM issued an RFP for a new Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) system and, beginning with the April-June 2011 quarter, we will move to the new web-based system. Statewide training took place in November 2010 and district coordinators and providers tell us they are excited about using this new time-saving system.