New Mexico selected to join NASHP’s Health and Housing Institute

Initiative aims to revolutionize access to housing and health services for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability 

State Agency Press Release – From the New Mexico Human Services Department

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce that New Mexico has been selected, along with three other states, to participate in the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) Health and Housing Institute (HHI), an initiative to develop, implement, and align health and housing programs.  

Over the next two years, HHI will support state teams as they design and implement cross-agency and federal-state-local strategies to increase access to safe, affordable housing and wrap-around services and supports for people who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.     

“Better health for New Mexicans depends on affordable, safe, and stable housing,” said Alex Castillo Smith, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “This initiative propels us forward, guiding our strategies and investments to ensure every New Mexican has access to housing and comprehensive services that enable them to thrive.” 

The New Mexico team will work to foster cross-agency collaboration to address health and housing priorities; integrating strategies into the state’s Medicaid program and using data to identify target populations, service needs and evaluate outcomes. Core state team includes state leadership from Medicaid, housing, behavioral health, aging, disabilities, governor’s office, public health, and corrections departments.  

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