• Early Childhood Mental Health Systems of Care Trainings

    Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Training would like to announce two upcoming Summits on Early Childhood Mental Health Standards of Care.  The first one will be in Moriarty on October 6th, 2008.  It will be held at the Moriarty Civic Center.  The second will be in Window Rock on November 13th, 2008.  This one will be in conjunction with the Navajo Nation Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services Parenting Conference.  A third, in Las Vegas, will be scheduled soon.
  • Results of August, 2008 Special Legislative Session

    Special session success!!!

    Thank you for your advocacy!!!

    The New Mexico Legislature ended a special session this afternoon after passing several bills that will help people living in poverty in our state!  These bills were part of the package of legislation that Gov. Richardson asked the legislature to consider during the special session.  These bills, listed below, addressed several issues that are included in the ECAN Early Childhood Agenda.

    • HB 7 (Rep. Rhonda King) allows the use of $7.2 million from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant fund to be used to restore child care assistance eligiblity to 200% of the federal poverty level and to avoid a waiting list for child care assistance.  We have been working toward this goal since August of 2001.
    • HB 4 (Rep. Ed Sandoval) increases the Working Families Tax Credit from 8% to 10% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  This increased appropriation of $7.8 million for the state tax credit builds on the very successful federal EITC
    • SB 21 (Sen. Richard Martinez) provides an additional $1.9 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help low-income people with their heating bills.
    • SB 22 (Sen. Mary Jane Garcia) provides $20 million to enroll more currently eligible children in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program;  $10 million to enroll more individuals with developmental disabilities in the medicaid waiver program; and $2.5 million for direct behavioral health services for children.

    Please call or write Gov Richardson (505.476.2200 or email) and the following legislators to thank them for their leadership in passing these important bills that will help people living in poverty in New Mexico.   


    Senate President Pro Tem:  Sen. Tim Jennings

    P.O. Box 1797, Roswell  88202

    Home:  (575) 623-9378


    Senate Majority Leader:  Sen. Michael Sanchez

    3 Bunton Road, Belen  87002

    Home: (505) 865-5583



    Senate Minority Leader:  Sen. Stuart Ingle

    2106 West University Drive, Portales  88130

    Home: (575) 356-3088



    Speaker Ben Lujan

    05 Entrada Celedon Y Nestora, Santa Fe  87506

    Home: (505) 455-3354



    House Majority Leader:  Rep. Ken Martinez

    P.O. Box 730, Grants  87020

    Home: (505) 285-6421



    House Minority Leader: Rep. Thomas Taylor

    5909 Rinconada, Farmington  87402

    Home: (505) 325-9828



    Sen. John Arthur Smith

    P.O. Box 998, Deming  88031

    Home: (575) 546-8546



    Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra

    2838 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque  87102

    Home: (505) 242-9582


    Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela

    1709 Callejon Zenaida, Santa Fe  87501

    Home: (505) 982-1292


    Rep. Rhonda S. King

    P.O. Box 6, Stanley  87056

    Home:  (505) 832-4603


    Sen. Linda Lopez

    9132 Suncrest NW, Albuquerque  87121

    Home: (505) 831-4148


    Rep. Ed Sandoval

    5016 12 st. St. NW, Albuquerque  87107

    Home: (505) 344-8449



    Sen. Richard Martinez

    P.O. Box 762, Espanola  87532

    Home:  (505) 753-8027



    Sen. Mary Jane Garcia

    P.O. Box 22, Dona Ana   88032


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