New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Children’s Medical Services/Children with Special Needs

Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is part of the Family Health Bureau in the Public Health Division of the Department of Health, and is federally funded through Title V and State General Funds to serve as a safety net for medical management, payment for medical services, diagnostic studies and service coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).

CMS is committed to accessible, available and appropriate health care for all children living in New Mexico, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or culture. The program creates a system of care that is family centered, community-based, culturally competent and coordinated.

Children’s Medical Services is comprised of several programs, including the Newborn Genetic Screening Program, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program, and Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program.


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