Albuquerque, N.M. – Sept. 15, 2022 – The MolinaCares Accord (“MolinaCares”), in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of New Mexico (“Molina”), held a virtual panel on September 12 focused on the state of adolescent behavioral health in New Mexico.
The event was hosted by Carolyn Ingram, plan president of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, and featured a discussion from a panel of experts moderated by Megan Kamerick, news director for KUNM. New Mexico State Senator Siah Correa Hemphill (NM-28) provided keynote remarks.
“As a native New Mexican and mother, this topic is important to me,” said Carolyn Ingram, plan president of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico. “I raised both my children in New Mexico and understand some of the issues facing our youth today. Behavioral health has been an ongoing challenge and focus, not just in terms of issues facing youth, but across many spectrums in our state, and we are committed to ensuring healthier outcomes for all New Mexicans.”
The panel of experts included Cathy Schueler, CEO of Bosque Mental Health, Gabrielle Dietrich, executive director of NAMI – New Mexico Chapter, and Leslie Kelly, behavioral health coordinator for New Mexico Public Education Department. The panel discussed and identified solutions for health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders to support New Mexico’s adolescents as we emerge from the pandemic and return to a sense of normalcy.
“We need to prioritize whatever we can do to make sure we’re increasing provider rates and other strategies to make sure we’re increasing our mental health infrastructure here in New Mexico and minimally making sure that everyone has their basic needs met like housing, access to healthy food, safe drinking water, and behavioral mental health services and healthcare services, so then we’re able to move up to other important learning processes,” said Senator Hemphill during her keynote remarks.
The full panel discussion can be viewed here.
About the MolinaCares Accord:
Established by Molina Healthcare, Inc., The MolinaCares Accord oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities. The MolinaCares Accord funds such measures through The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) established in 2020 by Molina Healthcare, Inc.
About Molina Healthcare of New Mexico
Molina Healthcare of New Mexico has been providing government-funded, quality health care since 1998. The Company serves members through Medicare and Health Insurance Marketplace programs throughout New Mexico. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, served approximately 5.2 million members as of December 31, 2021. For more information about Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.