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2015 Report Card

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Child Welfare & Public Safety

It is essential that we protect our children from maltreatment and provide an array of prevention, intervention, rehabilitative, and after-care services to New Mexico children and their families.

2014 Accomplishments

  1. Under an Executive Order by Governor Martinez, the Children, Youth, and Family Department (CYFD) established a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Valencia County. The CAC brings together law enforcement, communities agencies, and child abuse professionals who support the needs of child victims and their families. The CAC aims to reduce the trauma victims experience and enhance the ability to respond more effectively to child maltreatment. Through the support of Governor Martinez, CYFD was also able to move a Child Protection Services investigation team to the Family Advocacy Center in Albuquerque.

  2. Under Governor Martinez's Executive Order, CYFD has established a Family Support Services Program. The family support program assists families who come to the attention of Protective Services by ensuring that a follow-up is conducted and families are utilizing recommended services. The program focuses on families with three or more referrals to Protective Services for allegations of child abuse and neglect.

  3. In FY14, the Child Support Division (CSD) received a record total of $137.1 million that was distributed to children in 64,370 child support cases, 6,600 of which were Navajo Nation cases. During the year, paternity orders were obtained in 100% of new cases.

Programs & Services

Tobacco Use

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) program & its partners use a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to promote healthy lifestyles that are free from tobacco abuse & addiction among all New Mexicans. TUPAC follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TUPAC works with communities, schools, and organizations across the state. Activities include: school tobacco policy; cessation services; and public awareness & education campaigns.

Budget Implications: FY 13 total budget: $6,707,700.00

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Para Los Ninos – DOH

Para Los Ninos is a program of the Pediatrics Department of the UNMHSC School of Medicine. It provides medical evaluations for children & adolescents who have been sexually abused & sexually assaulted. PLN has a leadership role in responding to, treating, & preventing child sexual abuse cases while also providing follow-up care for child sexual abuse & adolescent sexual assault survivors. PLN provides training to government and other organizations.

Budget Implications: $391,800 of General Fund appropriated to the Department of Health is contracted to Para Los Ninos as partial funding.

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Juvenile Accountability

The goal of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on juvenile offenders and the juvenile justice system. To meet that goal and strengthen the juvenile justice system, a state or unit of local government may use JABG funds to perform various juvenile justice related activities.

Budget Implications: This Federal Block Grant flows through CYFD to local communities dedicated to the accountability-based programming efforts.

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Juvenile Community Corrections

The JCC program is a unique approach to working with adjudicated delinquent youth. The program utilizes a team approach, which includes the client, family, contracted agency, local public schools staff, Juvenile Probation Officers and other significant individuals in the client's life. The program provides participants with program services based on the client's individualized needs.

Budget Implications: The Juvenile Community Corrections program is supported through a General Fund appropriation that flows through CYFD via a Request for Proposal process to regional community providers.

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Child Protective Services

The Protective Services Division (PSD) strives to enhance safety, permanency, & well-being of children & families in New Mexico. PSD receives reports of alleged child maltreatment through a Statewide Central Intake (SCI). PSD investigates reports; provides foster care; works with families to safely care for their children; finds safe, permanent families for children through adoption or permanent guardianship; & works with youth emancipating from the foster care system to assist them in successfully transitioning into adulthood.

Budget Implications: The Protective Service Division's funding comes from a combination of general fund dollars, federal funding, and grants.

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JJS Facilities

CYFD has 4 budgeted secure facilities for adjudicated youth: Camino Nuevo Youth Center; Youth Diagnostic & Development Center; J. Paul Taylor Center; & Lincoln Pines Youth Center, and funds & regulates four reintegration centers. In 2006, Cambiar New Mexico was implemented as a rehabilitative model for youth in CYFD's care & custody. The Cambiar-centered programming requires that there is never more than 12 youth per unit at any given point & that unit functions in a positive peer culture.

Budget Implications: The secure facilities are supported through general fund dollars while the reintegration centers are funded through Medicaid reimbursement dollars and general fund dollars.

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Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center is a 36-bed residential treatment center operated by New Mexico Department of Health, accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) & Medicaid approved. Sequoyah provides care, treatment, & reintegration into society for males ages 12-18 who have a history of violence and a mental disorder. Services provided are based on student's needs. The student must have the cognitive capacity to benefit from verbal therapies and the milieu programming offered at Sequoyah.

Budget Implications: Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center (DOH) was allocated a total of $6,703.125.00 in FY 13. While the state and other resources contributed $6,643,516 in FY13, the federal contribution was $59, 606.00 in FY13.

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Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services support youth in multiple ways: Youth Transition specialists that teach & train on life skills for all youth aging out of foster care; support for youth beginning their own living situations; financial benefits for youth through federal Chafee dollars; gathering data through federally required surveys of youth aging out, & analysis & reporting of data; & providing financial assistance for youth in post secondary education and training.

Budget Implications: The TLS program is supported through federal grant dollars that flow through CYFD to the TLS programs.

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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known in New Mexico as NMWorks, provides cash assistance to families who qualify. The Human Services Department (HSD) helps families determine whether or not they qualify for cash assistance. This monthly cash assistance benefit should be used to meet family needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing costs.

Budget Implications: The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is entirely funded by federal dollars, and received $54,821,106 during fiscal year 2013. It is estimated that 21,280 New Mexico children were served by this program during FY13.

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Child Support

The Child Support Enforcement Program is a state and federal program to collect support from Non-custodial Parents. Its primary mission is to maximize the collection of child support for all New Mexico Children.

Budget Implications: Child Support Enforcement is funded both by state and federal dollars with $10,640,694.00 in state funds and $18,916,790.00 in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2013. It is estimated that 59,607 kids were served by this program in FY13.

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Childhood Injury Prevention

Purchase, distribution & fitting of 1,500 helmets during 2012, in addition to providing home & vehicle safety trainings for daycare providers & home visitors. Coordination & support for Safe Kids network of safety personnel statewide. Safety trainings include a priority on both opioid and non-prescription drug overdose prevention. Safety trainings also focus on Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls, & the new Safe Sleep campaign.

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Legislative Achievements


This legislation requires all licensed school personnel to complete training to detect and report sexual abuse and assault within the first year of their employment, and current employees to complete the training during the 2014-2015 school year. It also requires PED, HSD, CYFD, and DOH to work together to develop evidence-based training that has proven to be effective in consultation with the CDC. Additionally, all health education courses which are currently required for grades 1-12 and for high school graduation, would now need to include age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention training that meet PED standards.


This legislation amends the Motor Vehicle Code to prohibit texting while driving. Distracted drivers pose a serious threat to other drivers and pedestrians. This law aims to reduce distracted driving-related incidents in NM.


This bill amends the EMS Act to provide for criminal background checks of persons providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in New Mexico. As a result, the public is assured that DOH licensed EMS caregivers have met the same standards as others that educate and care for our most vulnerable residents.

Proposed Next Steps

Step 1:
The state would like to continue to expand Child Advocacy Centers statewide during the upcoming year and beyond. CYFD's 2016 budget request includes a request for funding that would allow CYFD to set up seven (7) additional Child Advocacy Sites where Child Protective Services, law enforcement and community providers would be co-located to coordinate the support of all the entities investigating child abuse and neglect to ensure more comprehensive services are provided to the child victims and their families.
Step 2:
The Juvenile Justice Services Division within the NM Children, Youth and Families Department is the appropriate agency to deal with this proposed "next step." CYFD-JJS is statutorily charged to rehabilitate the youth in our care and custody. Juvenile Offenders come into JJS in a number of different ways: informal probation services, formal (adjudicated) probation services or as youth "committed" to one of CYFD's four secure facilities. The first proposed step is to define recidivism within the context of the juvenile system: are we looking at youth that are adjudicated for new crimes in the juvenile system or are we looking at youth that were in the CYFD JJS system and then end up convicted as adults and either serving probation or a sentence in the Adult Corrections system at NMCD?
Step 3:
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) is the board referenced above. This is a body that is administratively attached to CYFD and includes a broad array of members appointed by the Governor. JJAC focuses primarily on diversionary programming at a local county level and funds these efforts through local continuum boards.
Step 4:
CYFD's 2016 budget request would provide Protective Services with the funding to contract with Family Support Service Providers for five (5) additional sites within the State.
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