New Mexico Department of Health
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Kenny Vigil
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School-Based Health Center Changes


Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced it is making changes that will impact the school based health centers at Roosevelt Middle School, School on Wheels, Maxwell Municipal Schools, Mountainair Middle and High School, and Belen High School.

Please see the respective sections below for details on each of the changes.


Roosevelt Middle School and School on Wheels

The Department of Health will not renew the contracts to operate the school based health centers when they expire on June 30 due to underutilization of primary care services and sustainability. About 30 students were seen at Roosevelt between July and February. Services will continue to be provided through the end of this school year, but no new patients will be accepted.

Students who utilized the school-based health center at Roosevelt Middle School or School on Wheels can visit a community health center or a school-based health center in the Albuquerque area. School on Wheels has about 50 students, who will be referred to the school-based health center at RFK Charter School, which is about two miles away and First Choice Community Healthcare, which is about a mile away.  Students are encouraged to call for hours and appointment information prior to visiting.

Other centers that will provide services to students include:

The Department of Health, through the Office of School and Adolescent Health, is working with the contractors and schools to inform students and parents about the changes.

The Office of School and Adolescent Health will continue to work in partnership with the school district and the community on transition plans. The Department of Health helps fund 49 other school based health centers in New Mexico.


Maxwell Municipal Schools

The Department of Health will not renew the contract to operate the school based health center at Maxwell Municipal School when it expires on June 30. The decision, in part, is based on sustainability. About 40 students were seen between July and February. Services will continue to be provided through the end of this school year, but no new patients will be accepted.

Students who utilized the school-based health center at the school can visit:

The Department of Health, through the Office of School and Adolescent Health, is working with the contractor and school district to inform students and parents about the changes. 

The Office of School and Adolescent Health will continue to work in partnership with the school district and the community on transition plans.


Mountainair Middle and High School

The Department of Health will not renew the contract to operate the school-based health center at Mountainair Middle and High School when it expires on June 30. The decision, in part, is based on sustainability. Fourteen patients were seen at the center between July and February. Services will continue to be provided through the end of this school year, but no new patients will be accepted.

Students who utilized the school-based health center at the school can visit:

Students are encouraged to call for hours and appointment information prior to visiting.

The Department of Health, through the Office of School and Adolescent Health, is working with the contractor and school district to inform students and parents about the changes.

The Office of School and Adolescent Health will continue to work in partnership with the school district and the community on transition plans.


Belen High School

The Department of Health will not renew the contract to operate the school-based health center at Belen High School when it expires at the end of the budget year on June 30. The decision, in part, is based on sustainability and utilization. About 115 students were seen at the center between July and February. Services will continue to be provided through the end of this school year, but no new patients will be accepted.

Students who utilized the school-based health center at the school can visit:

Students are encouraged to call for hours and appointment information prior to visiting.

The Department of Health, through the Office of School and Adolescent Health, is working with the contractor and school district to inform students and parents about the changes.

The Office of School and Adolescent Health will continue to work in partnership with the school district and the community on transition plans.


Media Contact

We would be happy to provide additional information about this press release. Simply contact Kenny Vigil at 505-827-2619 (Office) or 505-470-2290 (Mobile) with your questions.


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