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Public Assistance Benefits

We can help you to apply for public assistance benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP or Cal Fresh (formerly known as food stamps), cash assistance, and LIHEAP (Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program).

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) known in New Mexico as NMWorks, provides a monthly cash benefit to be used to meet basic family needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing costs.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides financial assistance to eligible people with low incomes and resources purchase food products. SNAP benefits are simple to use when purchasing food products at the grocery store.
  • Behavioral Health Services (Mental illness), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Full service Partnership (FSP) program to serve Adults With SMI. ACT program is designed to improve the mental health and quality of life of adults in the community who have been or at-risk of becoming homeless and have a serious mental illness by increasing clinical and functional stability through an array of mental health services, housing opportunities and educational and employment supports.
  • Homelessness and Housing

Housing is critical in achieving health and wellness for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and struggling with behavioral health issues. Homeless individuals are at high risk of admission to an inpatient mental health facility. They do not have a case manager from another program who is able to address mental health needs. They have a substantial need for supportive services (including care coordination and outreach mental health services) to maintain current level of functioning in the community, as evidenced by missed appointments medication non-adherence, or inability to coordinate services from multiple agencies.

  • General Assistance for Disabled Adults and Unrelated Children Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

General Assistance (GA) provides cash assistance to dependent needy children and disabled adults who are not eligible for assistance under other cash assistance programs, such as New Mexico Works (NMW) or the federal program of Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP assists eligible persons and families with their heating and cooling costs. Click on the photo to the right to file an application.

  • Non-Emergency Transportation Services

Transportation is a barrier to care. Our programs are recovery-focused and clinically effective and are designed in partnership with local, county, state and other behavioral health organization.

  • Child Support Establishment and Enforcement

The purpose of the Child Support Enforcement Program is to establish and enforce the support obligations owed by parents to their children and thereby reduce the number of families reliant on public assistance.

  • Immigrants and undocumented immigrants

Remember that children who are citizens or qualified immigrants can still qualify for all the public benefits programs even if their parents are undocumented or do not qualify for the program because of immigration status.

Undocumented immigrants, and other immigrants who do not qualify for public benefits programs, can still receive certain limited benefits regardless of their immigration status.

  • WIC: Women, Infants, and Children
  • Medicaid for Emergency Services Only (see below on “EMSA”)
  • Some hospital charity care programs (see following sections).
  • Services Covered by Medicaid

When you receive Medicaid, most states cover services such as, dental services, pain relief, office visits with a participating practitioner and emergency services. Depending on the type of Medicaid coverage you have, you may be required to get prior authorization for some medications or medical procedures. The state you reside in will be able to inform you about their requirements.

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