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New Mexico: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: New Mexico

In 2006, New Mexico’s mental health care system received a C. Three years later, its grade has not changed. In many parts of the state, particularly rural areas, services are not available at all. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: C 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Services for co-occurring disorders
  • Funding mental health services for returning veterans and their families
  • Consumer-run services and peer supports

Urgent Needs

  • Close gaps in services, particularly in rural regions
  • Culturally competent services and providers
  • Develop good data and outcomes measurement
  • Provide unrestricted access to psychiatric medications

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: New Mexico

"The worst thing about the public mental health system is the lack of funding for community-based services."