Friday, February 27, 2009

The Southwest Conference on Disability

Dear Friends,

 is currently soliciting proposals for the September 30 - October 2, 2009 Conference. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2009. Please visit our website for details on how to submit a proposal. 

Feel free to share this announcement with friends and colleagues who may also be interested in participating.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in October!


Daisy Rosero

Conference Coordinator

Under Age Drinking

Time Sensitive Alert

Ask That SB 514 and SB 665 Be Scheduled Without Further Delay

We are at the point in the session where your advocacy is crucial. The
liquor industry is well represented but as an advocate and
constituent, you
have the opportunity to counter their rhetoric with factual

As a witness to the catastrophic effects of underage drinking.

The bills listed below have yet to be put on their respective
agenda. Please call, write or visit the appropriate chairperson
below), ask them to please schedule these two bills.

Who: YOU. As a constituent or concerned advocate, you have influence.
the committee chair and members know your position and experiences
Underage Drinking in the State of New Mexico and ask that bills SB
514 and
SB 665 be scheduled without further delay.

Get youth involved - legislators respond to youth and their
perspective. (A
youth should include their age and school affiliation in their


  Bill #
  Link to Chair Info

  SB 514
  Limiting Alcohol Advertising Near Youth Act

  Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)
  Senators Cisco McSorley - (D) Chair and Richard C. Martinez -
(D) Vice

  SB 665
  Malt Beverages As Spirituous Liquor

  Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee (SCORC)
  Senators Phil A. Griego Chair and Lynda M. Lovejoy Vice Chair

When: NOW is the time. Today, tomorrow and in the days ahead.

How: Letters To The Editor are an underutilized tool - increase
exposure by
writing to your local newspaper AND the newspapers most of our
are reading while in Santa Fe.

Let your community know why you care about underage drinking and how
impacts your community. Be specific.ask that the meetings be

  The New Mexican
  Albuquerque Journal and SF Journal North

SPF SIG Project Coordinator


PO Box 10244

Santa Fe NM 87504

505 231 2252 cell

505 982 6230 home office

LgGiuffra at

Santa Fe County, where no one drinks alcohol before the age of 21,

Where adults model low risk use, and no one drinks and drives.

Third Annual Governor's Women's Health Advisory Council Policy Forum

Dear Women's Health Partners and Leaders,

You are invited to participate in the Third Annual Governor's Women's
Health Advisory Council Policy Forum on April 1, 2009 Albuquerque
Grand Airport Hotel from 8:30am-3:00pm.

New Mexico's indicators of well being for women's health have been
poor for years, and we need to have a dialogue about what it will
take to change indicators of wellbeing for women in New Mexico.

Focus of the Forum: Pre-pregnancy and Pre-conception.

Purpose of the Forum: To move toward achieving the following vision
for women in New Mexico:

All women have the ability to choose whether, when, where and how to
have a child, supported through pregnancy, and are able to mother
with dignity.

Forum Outcome: To develop recommendations using a woman-centered
approach to improve indicators of well being for women related to the
above purpose.

Register now to display information at the Forum. There is no charge
and you can sign up by e-mailing LouAnn.Sanchez at or by
calling LouAnn at (505)827-2895.

Once you register, I will be contact with you regarding the agenda
and further information.

Giovanna Rossi Pressley, MSc

Executive Director, Governor's Women's Health Advisory Council
Women's Health Policy Advisor

Monday, February 23, 2009

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the
managing partner for, an initiative that is having an
unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about
and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this

About was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants
Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to
improve government services to the public.

The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management
Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107. Public Law
106-107 has since sunset and is now known as the Grants Policy Committee

The Grants Policy Committee (GPC), established by the CFO Council,
consists of grants policy experts from across the Federal government.
GPC's vision is to improve the effectiveness of Federal financial
assistance by:

Simplifying the application process

Streamlining financial assistance award and administration

Improving quality and timeliness of information related to

Improving stewardship of Federal dollars

The GPC is committed to serving the best interests of the grants community
by continually identifying opportunities to improve Federal financial
assistance. The GPC's improvement efforts gained significant momentum when
the committee assumed responsibility for implementing P.L. 106-107, the
Federal Financial Management Assistance Act of 1999. While P.L. 106-107
expired in November 2007, the GPC continues to build on this momentum,
advancing existing efforts and leveraging new opportunities to enhance
Federal financial assistance.


The GPC's focus is on improving the management of Federal financial
assistance government wide. To carry out their role, the committee
recommends financial assistance policies and practices to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) and coordinates related interagency
activities. The GPC, in collaboration with other Federal-wide grants
initiatives, is committed to serving the best interests of the grants
community by continually identifying opportunities to improve Federal
financial assistance.


The GPC's mission is to increase the effectiveness of Federal financial
assistance by providing useful policy and procedural recommendations to
OMB that balance the good stewardship of Federal dollars with reduced
burden on applicants, recipients, and Federal agencies.


In order to achieve the GPC's goals, the GPC works toward the following

Establishes and maintains consolidated and consistent OMB guidance

Recommends uniform forms and formats for applications and post-award

Continually assesses the GPC's performance against its strategic plan
and make necessary changes to improve performance

Facilitates greater community input and outreach in streamlining
Federal financial assistance processes by maximizing involvement of both
Federal and non-Federal grant communities

Supports the professional development of the Federal workforce for
awarding and administering Federal financial assistance stakeholder

Recommends standard and streamlined Federal-to-grantee business

Makes recommendations to improve audit and oversight policies and

What is a Grant?

Grants are not benefits or entitlements. A federal grant is an award of
financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a
public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United
States. Federal grants are not federal assistance or loans to individuals.

A federal grant may not used to acquire property or services for the
federal government's direct benefit. The 26 federal agencies offer over
1,000 grant programs annually in various categories.

Grant Categories

More than 1,000 grant programs are offered by the 26 federal grant-making
agencies, and these programs fall into 21 categories. Select any of the
categories below to learn more about specific grants and agencies. Some
agencies may be listed in multiple grant categories.

Business and Commerce
Community Development
Disaster Prevention and Relief
Employment, Labor and Training
Environmental Quality
Food and Nutrition
Information and Statistics
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Natural Resources
Regional Development
Science and Technology
Social Services and Income Security

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nations largest
grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps,
AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a
catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute
through service and volunteering.

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nations economic
development and technological advancement through vigilance in
international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and
promoting economic progress at all levels.

Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes
educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability
in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and
complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased
involvement by the public, parents and students.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal governments
principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing
essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Developments mission is to increase
homeownership, support community development and increase access to
affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission
through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by
forming partnerships with community organizations.

Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nations
natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes
and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and
usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and
excellence in management.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers,
wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing
their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and
generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic

Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportations mission is to ensure fast, safe,
efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital
national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American
people, today and into the future.

Department of the Treasury

The Department of Treasury is a steward of United States economic and
financial systems, and promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in
the U.S., and encourages prosperity and stability in the rest of the

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care
and veterans benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt
and seamless service to United States veterans.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nations 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The
Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning,
sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to
supporting excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans and
providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest
national source of funds for the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making
agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research,
education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created
to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health,
prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF
annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported
college and university research.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nations
economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of
small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from
national disasters.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the
nations people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping
and managing Americas Social Security programs.



There are several tools and documents available here to help you with

Applicant User Guide A detailed guide to registration, finding and
applying for grant opportunities.

Registration User Guide A detailed guide specifically focused on

Find and Apply for Grant Opportunities A detailed guide specifically
focused on finding and applying for grants. Customer Service Process - A diagram depicting the procedures
the Contact Center follows when a customer calls for
assistance Brochure Request Form Fill out this form if you would like to
request brochures. or if you have an upcoming event you would
like to attend. Email the completed form to
and a representative will contact you. Presentation Request Form Fill out this form if you have an
upcoming event you would like to attend or if you would like to
request a complimentary presentation on the Find and Apply
process. Email the completed form to and a
representative will contact you.

Download Software Free downloads of software necessary to use Webcast Archive View archived webcasts that cover the benefits
of and the registration process.

Contact Center

Our Contact Center is open Monday - Friday, to help you with issues
regarding From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time email

or call

1-800-518-4726 Blog

Friday, February 20, 2009

Gender Responsive Approaches to Meeting the Needs of Women and Families

Value Options of New Mexico Presents: Gender Responsive Approaches to
Meeting the Needs of Women and Families

Join us for a Webinar on March 4

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

2 CEUs will be offered for social workers and counselors. Partial
CEUs will not be offered. Full attendance is required.

This webinar training will:

Define the guiding principles of gender-responsive services for

Discuss gender-responsive treatment strategies for co-occuring

Explore comprehensive, culturally responsive models for providing
gender-responsive services to women and their children.

Explain gender-responsive services as articulated in the Substance
Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant.

Spotlight successul gender-responsive programs across the state of
New Mexico.

Value Options of New Mexico Presents: Gender Responsive Approaches to
Meeting the Needs of Women and Famiies
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the Webinar.







April 2&3, 2009

Come join us as we explore how to bridge the gap between the behavioral health and developmental disability communities. Presenters include experts from the Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Support Division, UNM’s Continuum of Care, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, ValueOptions New Mexico, Aging and Long Term Services Dept./Brain Injury Services, N.M. Self Advocacy Center, UNM Hospital/

Carrie Tingley and private practice. These professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience working with individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and developmental disabilities, brain injury and or/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Attendees can expect to:

• Learn how to incorporate a recovery –based approach with individuals

who have both cognitive and mental health concerns.

• Improve one’s skill set in areas such as screening and assessment,

addressing sexuality, accessing specialized services (substance abuse,

traumatic brain injury), and risk management.

• Learn the basics of how the DD world is organized financially and

administratively and how the behavioral health business approach can

intersect with it.

Who Should Attend? Location:

BH Providers Monte Vista Christian Church

BH Clinicians 3501 Campus Blvd. NE

Consumers and Families Albuquerque, NM 87106

State Partners

12 CEU’s


Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Dept. of Health/Developmental Disabilities Support Division

UNM Continuum of Care

ValueOptions New Mexico

Questions? Contact or (505) 346-9522




April 2-3 2009

Thursday April 2

8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 8:45 Conference Welcome

8:45 – 10:45 Waivers, eligibility, interaction with Behavioral Health, DDSD Crisis services……

(Ginny Johnson LMSW, Wendy Corry MS, Cheryl Frazine MSW)

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Support, Hope, Recovery-Individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns.” Part I Chris Heimerl, MS

12:00 – 1:15 Box Lunch /Panel of Self Advocates

1:15 – 2:15 Support, Hope, Recovery-Individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns.” Part II Chris Heimerl, MS

2:15 – 2:30 Break

2:30-4:30 How to recognize, screen and assess a client for cognitive issues, ASD, etc. Alya Reeve, M.D. and Fletcher Scott, SLP

4:30 CEU Sign-Out

Friday April 3

8:15 – 8:45 CEU Sign-In

8:45 – 9:45 Accessing Brain Injury Services in NM Elizabeth Peterson, BA and Scott Pokorny, MSW

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Working with an individual with a Traumatic Brain Injury Mark Pedrotty, PhD

11:30-12:45 Box Lunch / Panel of therapists working with individuals with a dual diagnosis

12:45-1:30 Accessing substance abuse services Jim Clarkson, MA, LADAC

1:30-2:45 Sexuality and individuals with a dual diagnosis Jill Ryan, PhD and self-advocates

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Risk management of individuals with MI/DD and inappropriate or offending sexual behavior Jill Ryan, PhD and Mark Gordon, MSW

4:30-4:45 Summary/Comments

4:45 Evaluations/CEU’s distributed


Name/Title: ____________________________________________

Agency/Organization: ____________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

Telephone: ____________________ Fax: ____________________

Social Security (Must be included for CEUs/CEs): _______________

Email: ________________________________________________

License Number (Must be included for CEUs/CEs: _______________

12 CEUs/CEs are included in the registration fee. Please indicate your

level of licensure:

_____LISW _____MSW _____BSW _____LMFT _____LPAT

_____LPCC _____LPC _____LMHC _____LADAC _____LSAA

_____ Psychologist

_____ Consumer/Family Member (no registration fee required)

Registration Fee:

_____Thurs $50 _____Fri $50 _____Both days $75

Accommodations needed (must be requested by March 19, 2009): _______________________________________________________

Please submit one (1) registration form per person. Payment must

accompany your registration form. VONM accepts checks or money orders. Checks for the registration fee should be made payable to ValueOptions New Mexico. Mail the registration form and check for registration to:

ValueOptions New Mexico

Wendy Corry, Director of Disability Services

P.O. Box 30650

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190-0650

*Registration fee includes CEUs/CEs and box lunches

Questions? Contact or (505) 346-9522

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Domestic Partnership hits the floor!

SB 12THE DOMESTIC PARTNER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT; will be heard on the Senate Floor – Monday, February 23rd at 10:00 AM. We want to pack the gallery and carry our talking points with us, try and get into see any or all of the following Senators. If it is not possible to go down to the Round House Monday then phone calls is the next best thing. Please activate your phone trees ask your community members to support this.

The Domestic Partnership talking points will explain why it is important to People with Disabilities and their families. (attached)


Pete Campos, 505-986-4311

Linda Lovejoy,505-986-4310

George Munoz – 505-986-4387

David Ulibarri – 505-986-4513

free training: jail diversion & mental illness; hearing voices in distress

The Interagency Forensic Network is offering FREE training to individuals who come into contact with persons with a mental illness.

Training opportunities consist of:
Jail diversion and Mental Illness Awareness: This training, offered to law enforcement personnel, is a DPS approved course in which participants may earn 4 hours of CEU credit. The course is conducted by two psychologists, a law enforcement officer, and a mental health consumer.

Course content: introduction to the statewide jail diversion effort, awareness and understanding of mental disorders commonly encountered (including symptoms, common medications, behaviors, etc.), and myths of mental illness. Officer safety is stressed throughout this course.

Experiential component: In an effort to promote of safety, this workshop offers law enforcement officers a unique opportunity to better understand the perspective of individuals with mental illness with whom they are interacting. Participants will be provided the opportunity to experience auditory hallucinations while attempting to complete simple tasks under the supervision of the trainers. This workshop has been conducted for law enforcement in various parts of New Mexico and has been widely acclaimed.

We can accommodate up to twenty individuals in this workshop. Ideally, we would like to have a minimum of 15.

Hearing Voices that are Distressing (approximately 90 minutes):
Note: This workshop is tailored for individuals who interact with persons with mental illness in a variety of settings (e.g., probation and parole, attorneys, patient rights advocacy, members of the judiciary, custodial officers, EMT personnel, behavioral health providers, direct care workers in residential treatment, family members, etc.). Attendees will be introduced to the experience of hearing voices as they complete simple tasks under the supervision of the trainers. A goal of this workshop is to allow participants to empathize more deeply with the challenges faced by voice hearer.

We can accommodate 20 participants, and prefer a minimum of 15.

To arrange training or to obtain further information, contact:

James R. Johnson, Executive Director

Interagency Forensic Network

Ph: (cell): (505) 975-3435

Email: jrhjohnson at

Santa Fean Named 2008 National "Behavioral Health Champion"

Carol Luna-Anderson Recognized for Community Behavioral Health Care

SANTA FE - Carol Luna-Anderson, PhD, LPCC, the Executive Director of
The Life Link in Santa Fe, was one of five people nationwide honored
by the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care.

The Behavioral Health Champions of 2008 were featured in the December
2008 Magazine Behavioral Healthcare who has sponsored the award since
2005 to recognize the difficult and challenging work managers in the
behavioral health field do.

"I believe we are drawn to things that have touched our lives and
perhaps influenced us into becoming who we are," said Luna-Anderson.
"My childhood story includes my family having psychiatric
disabilities, alcoholism, divorce and a dependence on others to help
us eat. But it also included strength, an ability to overcome,
encouragement, and stubbornness to succeed."

The NM Human Services Dept's Behavioral Health Services Division
(BHSD) and the NM BH Collaborative worked to nominate Luna-Anderson
for the award. "We are so excited that Carol won this award; she has
done great work for people living in Northern New Mexico receiving
mental health and substance abuse treatment and needed transitional
or permanent housing," said Harrison Kinney, BHSD deputy director.

As the Executive Director of Life Link, Luna-Anderson serves Santa Fe
and five counties in Northern New Mexico. They provide transitional
and permanent housing with home-based comprehensive community
services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, homeless
services (women with children, people with psychiatric disabilities).
Life Link has a staff of 54.

"Serving as the top executive of a behavioral healthcare organization
takes a lot of hard work, attention to detail, commitment and
courage," said the editors of Behavioral Healthcare about the 2008

Behavioral Healthcare Magazine reaches 28,361 professionals in mental
healthcare, substance use treatment, and related fields. Their
website is at

State BHPC Meeting Agenda

State of New Mexico

Behavioral Health Planning Council

Wednesday, February 25, 2008, 9 AM-2:30 PM

Host Site: HSD Office, Plaza San Miguel, 729 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe 87505

Satellite Offices: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, & Las Vegas

9:00 Serenity Prayer Chris Wendel

Welcome & Introduction

9:10 Information and Follow-Up Letty Rutledge

TSIG Website Update

Introduction Letter from Dan Hogan, NM Connections to Wellness

Jail Diversion Pilot Program at PMS

9:20 Announcements and Updates Chris Wendel

9:25 Networking

9:25 Statutory Subcommittee Reports Chair or Vice Chair of Subcommittee

10:00 Ad Hoc Committee BHPC Member or Representative

10:10 Local Collaborative Updates BHPC Member or LC Member

10:40 Action Items (pending quorum)

10:40 Approval of December Minutes & Agenda Chris Wendel

10:45 Community Reinvestment Susie Kimble

11:15 Endorsements - Children’s Subcommittee Jeff Tinstman

Infant Mental Health

Success in Schools

Children’s System of Care MaryAnn Shaening

11:30 – 12:00 Amendment to BHPC By-Laws Chris Wendel

12:00- 12:30 LUNCH

12:30 - 2:15 Purchasing Collaborative and Legislative Advocacy Linda Roebuck
Single Entity Transition

LC Input
Legislative Update Karen Meador
Welcome new Local Collaboratives Suzanne Pearlman

2:15 Public Comment

2:30 Adjourn

3112 Hot Springs Blvd Las Vegas, NM 87701-9514

Chidlren's Subcommittee

Subject: Chidlren's Subcommittee
Importance: High

Greetings - attached please find the agenda for the February 24, 2009
Children's Subcommittee meeting. Draft minutes from the January 20,
2009 are also attached. Meeting information for the Subcommittee as
well as the BHPC is as follows:

Feb. 24th: Children's Subcommittee 2-5pm.

* Host: Albuquerque - Human Services Dept., 4330 Cutler Avenue
NE (between Washington and San Mateo just north of I-40)

* Santa Fe - Human Services Dept, 37 Plaza la Prenza - large
conference room

* Las Cruces - 2121 Summit Ct.

* Las Vegas - 3112 Hot Springs Blvd.

Feb 25th : BHPC 9am to 2pm Please RSVP to
Leticia.Rutledge at if you will be attending:

* Santa Fe - Human Services Dept, 729 St. Michael's Drive -
large conference room

* Albuquerque - 1711 Randolph Rd SE (near airport)

* Las Cruces - 2121 Summit Ct.

* Las Vegas - 3112 Hot Springs Blvd.

Please note that I will be out of town from February 14, 2009 to
February 23, 2009 with no access to email. If you need to speak to
someone about the February meeting, please contact Jeff Tinstman:
Jeffrey.tinstman at

The Subcommittee Chairs and I will be in Albuquerque for this
meeting. See you then.

Mary Ann

Please note new address:

Mary Ann Shaening, Ph.D.

Shaening and Associates, Inc.

24 Timberwick Road

Santa Fe, NM 87508


maryann at

HOMEWORK: Answer these questions -- FAST!

I have a quick favor... I am being asked on very short notice to
report answer to the following local question next Wednesday for our
LC. Can you send the following out and get me the replies by Monday?

Dear BHPC members,

At the 2/25 BHPC meeting, Linda Roebuck will be addressing concerns
from LCs regarding the single entity transition. To that end, we ask
that you
? ask your LCs the following question,
? summarize their responses, and
? report your findings to Linda during her presentation to the
council next week.

Question: Has anybody experienced changes in how services have been
provided or accessed in the last 4 months?

This is a quick turn around request and we ask that you do the best
that you can do. Ask your LC leads or the LC CATs to help you.

Also attached is the agenda for next week’s BHPC meeting

UAD Prevention Policy UPDATE (as of 2/12)

UAD Prevention Policy UPDATE (as of 2/12)
BILL SPONSORS and Announcments new activity 2/12

O In response to debate with the HBIC on 2/5, the Attorney
General is
going to prepare another bill that would tax all ethanol (alcohol)
the same.
The tax will depend on the amount of ethanol (alcohol) manufacturers
put in
the product. At current levels this will likely be an increase. No
introduction as of 2/11.

titled Ban
Caffeinated Alcohol)

Relating to alcoholic beverages; prohibiting the manufacture,
and sale of flavored malt energy beverages containing stimulants;
and enacting sections of the Liquor Control Act.

Rep. Ray Begaye is sponsoring the bill.

PASSED 1/29: House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) Yes:
Chasey, Chair; Antonio "Moe" Maestas, Vice Chair; Karen E. Giannini,
Bill B.
O'Neill No: Thomas A. Anderson, Zachary J. Cook, Al Park

Current Location: House Business & Industry Committee (HBIC)


O HB 420 Prohibit Alcohol Intoxication by Minors

Relating to alcoholic beverages; prohibiting minors from being under
influence of alcohol; modifying penalties.

Rep. Al Park is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: House Consumer & Public Affairs (HCPAC)


O SB 487 Local Liquor Excise Tax Authority & Limits (formerly
Expand County Option for Taxing Alcohol) - introduced 2/4

Relating to liquor excise taxes; authorizing each county to impose a
liquor excise tax; limiting rates of local liquor excise taxes.

Sen. George Munoz is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee


O SB 514 Limiting Alcohol Advertising Near Youth Act (formerly
Regulate Alcohol Advertising to Minors) - introduced 2/6

Senator Mary Jane M. Garcia is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC)


O HB 78 Malt Beverages As Spirituous Liquor (formerly titled
Tax Rate for Alcopops)

Relating to taxation; classifying flavored malt beverages as
liquor; requiring reporting of sales of flavored malt beverages;
the revenue from taxes paid on flavored malt beverages to underage
prevention programs.

Rep. Lucky Varela is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: House Business & Industry Committee (HBIC) and House
Taxation & Revenue Committee (HTRC).

Tabled 2/3: House Business & Industry Committee (HBIC) Yes: Reps.
Debbie A.
Rodella, Chair; Thomas C. Taylor, Jim R. Trujillo, Eliseo Lee Alcon,
J. Barreras, Jose A. Campos, Keith J. Gardner, Dona G. Irwin, Sandra
Jeff, Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, Shirley A. Tyler No: Thomas Garcia

Other UAD bills

O HB 57 Local Liquor Surtax Imposition & Rates

Relating to liquor excise taxes; authorizing each county to impose a
liquor surtax; limiting rates of local liquor surtaxes.

Rep. Ray Begaye is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: House Business & Industry Committee (HBIC) and House
Taxation & Revenue Committee (HTRC)

Tabled 2/5 (to be amended, then re-presented): House Business &
Committee (HBIC) Yes: Reps. Debbie A. Rodella, Chair; Thomas Garcia,
Chair; Thomas C. Taylor, Jim R. Trujillo, Eliseo Lee Alcon, Andrew J.
Barreras, Jose A. Campos, Keith J. Gardner, Sandra D. Jeff, Jane E.
Powdrell-Culbert, Shirley A. Tyler Absent: Dona G. Irwin


Media and Communication hot!

O DWI Day at the Roundhouse - Attorney General Press Conference

WED, 18 February


Location details to follow.


O DWI Day at the Roundhouse

WED, 18 February

8:00a - 3:00p

With a Press Conference at 1:00p

O DWI Day at the Roundhouse - Attorney General Press Conference

WED, 18 February


Location details to follow.

Legislative Contacts

O Your calls, emails, letters and visits are encouraged as the
are introduced and move through committees. As a constituent, your
voice is
powerful! Involve youth in the process - legislators respond to youth
their perspective. (A youth should include their age and school
in their communication.)



DWI Bills

Kent L. Cravens is sponsoring the bill.

PASSED 2/10: Senate Public Affairs Committee

Kent L. Cravens is sponsoring the bill.

PASSED 2/10: Senate Public Affairs Committee

Kent L. Cravens is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: Senate Public Affairs Committee


Kent L. Cravens is sponsoring the bill.

Current Location: Senate Public Affairs Committe

FDA's Risky Gamble with the Safety of Medical Devices


Contact: Danielle Brian or Dr. Ned Feder, 202-347-1122

The Project On Government Oversight released today its latest report, The FDA’s Deadly Gamble with the Safety of Medical Devices, laying out a disturbing case against the officials in charge of a Center of the Food and Drug Administration—the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)—responsible for overseeing the safety of medical devices.

POGO’s report documents the shocking decision by senior CDRH officials to ignore the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulation, a decision that may put patients’ lives at risk. This regulation was issued in 1979 to protect patients from unsafe drugs and devices by no longer allowing manufacturers to set their own standards of laboratory testing. Under current practice, manufacturers and testing facilities are left to monitor their own compliance with the regulation.

“There are many insiders who are deeply concerned that real harm is being done. Such a decision affecting public health should not have been made behind closed doors,” said Danielle Brian , Executive Director of POGO.

The decision by top CDRH officials to not enforce GLP is stunning in its contempt for the protection of patients and its indifference to standards that comply with federal regulations. Their decision, which was made over the strong objections of CDRH scientists, is no harmless blunder. It is a high‑stakes, unknown‑odds gamble with the lives of patients—particularly those whose survival depends on life-sustaining medical devices such as cardiac defibrillators, pacemakers, replacement heart valves, and coronary artery stents.

The FDA’s mission—to protect the public health—depends on vigorous oversight and enforcement as a matter of agency policy. When the FDA fails to enforce certain regulations, the consequences can be lethal.

A summary of the report’s recommendations:

· The GAO or the HHS IG should audit records that contain evidence of device manufacturers’ compliance or noncompliance with the GLP regulation.

· Congress or HHS IG should conduct an investigation of the decision made by senior CDRH officials to ignore or deemphasize enforcement of the GLP regulation.

· After auditing has established the facts, CDRH should implement a program of GLP enforcement.

· The possible role of GLP noncompliance should be considered whenever a marketed device malfunctions, and these findings should be publicized by the FDA.

· Congress and the administration should at least double the budget of the FDA by 2012.

· Senior FDA officials should require full transparency in all agency actions other than those prohibited by regulation or law.

· Congress should pass legislation and the President should issue an Executive Order to strengthen federal employee whistleblower protections.

· Congress should pass legislation that would make lawsuits by injured patients possible.

· The FDA’s policy for reviewing 510(k) devices should be reformed, with the goal of eliminating the 510(k) mechanism for all Class III devices.

Founded in 1981, POGO is an independent non-profit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and honest federal government

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Domestic Partnership Bill

NOTE: This legislation directly impacts disabled cohabitants who don't marry, in order to retain their individual Social Security and other benefits. Married couples with disabilities lose benefits.

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Domestic Partnership Bill

Legislation will protect all New Mexico Families

The Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act (SB 12) sponsored by Democrat Cisco McSorley , of Bernalillo County, passed the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 6 to 5. The bill will next go before the full Senate for consideration.

The outpouring of community support for the bill has given it life. New Mexicans basic belief in fairness and inclusion ruled the day today.

The proposed legislation would enable couples to apply for a certificate that would grant all of the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage, including, but not limited to, the right to make joint medical decisions, to administer personal property, and to share employment benefits. The bill would allow both gay and straight couples to form partnerships.

Voting yes on a no recommendation were Senators Lopez, McSorley, Michael Sanchez, Bernadette Sanchez, Wirth, and Eichenberg. Senators Harden, Rue, Ryan, Payne and Richard Martinez voted against the motion.

Last week, the ACLU of New Mexico released the results of a poll showing that 63 percent of registered voters in Senator Bernadette Sanchez’ district support domestic partnerships; 61 percent of voters in Senator Richard Martinez’s district supported the legislation.

Learn more about the impact domestic partnership rights and responsibilities would have on New Mexico families:

We need you to call Senator Bernadette Sanchez IMMEDIATELY and ask her to support SB12 the Domestic Partner Rights & Responsibilities Act.

The bill will be heard soon in the Senate Judiciary Committee. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE ENTIRE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
CALL SENATOR BERNADETTE SANCHEZ now and ask her to VOTE YES ON SENATE BILL 12 - (505) 986-4267
When you call, a staff person will answer the phone.
You should simply say, "I am calling to ask Senator Sanchez to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 12, the Domestic Partner Rights & Responsibilities Act."

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Effects of Oppression in Mental Health Care Services

VIDEO: BHPC @ NM State Legislature

1 in 4: Behavioral Health Matters!


I got to thinking: maybe a blog would be more flexible than a conventional list serv, as each of us can post articles, as well as giving comments to posts.

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In addition, we can post video, photos, audio and links here, to create an archive of available items of interest. We can go back more easily and access these, without going through fifty thousand old emails, since they'll be categorized, easy to access, by topic.
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Email me, so you can create content for this blog.
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