The role of the Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD), as the Mental Health and Substance Abuse State Authority for New Mexico, is to address need, services, planning, monitoring and continuous quality systemically across the state.
The Human Services Department is a member of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative (Collaborative) and BHSD works with the Collaborative to establish policy and implement strategies to manage the behavioral health system.
Currently, HSD runs the adult portion of the state’s behavioral health care.
Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance Marketplace. Through our locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare serves approximately 5.1 million members.
Michelle Lujan Grisham is the thirty-second governor of the state of New Mexico, the first Democratic Hispanic woman to be elected governor in U.S. history.
A longtime state Cabinet secretary at both the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-term Services and Department of Health, Lujan Grisham has been a leading advocate for senior citizens, veterans and the disabled as well as investments in healthcare infrastructure and innovative programming that has improved access and quality of care for New Mexicans across the state.
She was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2011, serving three terms in Washington on behalf of New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. As a member of Congress, she worked aggressively to support local tribes, equal pay for women, public schools, public lands and veterans’ health care; she also advocated strongly for saving and creating clean New Mexico jobs. As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she became a vocal, national leader in the battle against reactionary federal anti-immigrant policies.
Driven by a deep compassion for seniors and those living with disabilities, and with experience as a caregiver herself, Lujan Grisham introduced and led the push for Care Corps, an innovative caregiving initiative that places volunteers in communities to provide non-medical services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. With this support, people can continue to live independently in their homes and communities.
Lujan Grisham was born in Los Alamos and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe before earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. A 12th-generation New Mexican, she is the mother of two adult children and grandmother of three.
Katrina Hotrum-Lopez has been guided throughout her life and her career by a passion to serve the undeserved.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary of ALTSD, Katrina served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Bernalillo County (2016-2019), and Director of Bernalillo County’s Substance Abuse Programs. From 2007-2010, Katrina held the role of Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the NM Department of Health, following years of holding many roles at the DOH. Before working at the Department of Health, Katrina worked for six years in the agency she now leads, first as Associate State Ombudsman, then State Ombudsman, and finally as the Director of the Elder Rights Division.
Katrina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and her Master’s Degree in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Arsenio Romero, a native New Mexican and son of an educator, has spent the last quarter-century serving New Mexico communities as a school and district leader. Prior to his appointment as Public Education Department Secretary-designate, Dr. Romero served as superintendent of Los Lunas Schools and superintendent and CEO of Deming Public Schools. Dr. Romero also oversaw district curriculum as assistant superintendent for instruction and transformation for the Roswell Independent School District. Since 2013, he has been a lead performance coach/executive coach for PED. He started his career in education as an elementary school teacher and principal for Las Cruces Public Schools. In addition, the secretary-designate has taught at New Mexico State University since 2014 and joined the NMSU Board of Regents in 2020. Dr. Romero’s greatest source of pride is his family. He and his wife Amber, an educator, are the proud parents of four children.efinitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
Alice Liu McCoy is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Council. She previously worked as Cabinet Secretary for NM Aging & Long-Term Services Department and as an attorney for Disability Rights NM, serving New Mexicans with disabilities in systemic impact litigation, individual cases, and policy advocacy.
Hilari Lipton is Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department. In this role, she is responsible for innovations and agency strategies that improve outcomes for system-impacted families and youth. Hilari also serves as the Project Director for the statewide child welfare information system modernization project. Hilari served as an executive-on-loan at CYFD from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jim Casey Initiative. At the Foundation. she specialized in cross-sector collaborations around the country that promote equitable outcomes for older youth, and authentic youth engagement in systems change. Hilari has worked on child welfare and juvenile justice issues for almost two decades and has extensive experience as a legal advocate, policy analyst, and program manager.
Elizabeth Groginsky has 25 years of experience administering public and private human service organizations at the national, state and local levels. In November 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Groginsky as the first cabinet secretary for the newly created New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department. Under her leadership, the new department acted swiftly to stabilize the child care industry during the pandemic, secured long-term funding for early childhood programs and services, and implemented a historic expansion of the state’s child care assistance program.
Prior to her appointment as ECECD Secretary, she served as the assistant superintendent of early learning for the District of Columbia, where she ensured equal access to quality services for the District’s most vulnerable children and their families.
Elizabeth was the first executive director of the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, a national coalition to improve state policies and practices in the development and use of early childhood data systems.
Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Neal Bowen, Ph.D. is a psychologist and the Director of the Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) in the New Mexico Human Services Department, overseeing all behavioral health services in the state. Prior to his appointment in this role by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Dr. Bowen served as the Chief Mental Health Officer for Hidalgo Medical Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center located on the Mexico border in an underserved and economically challenged rural area. In 2011, Dr. Bowen was named the Behavioral Health Provider of the Year by the New Mexico Primary Care Association. Dr. Bowen became a psychologist later in life, after working to defend human rights in war zones, among other occupations. Witnessing a project in Sri Lanka created by a Dutch psychologist training village health workers to provide mental health first aid inspired him to obtain training in psychology. After initial work in Milan, he obtained degrees, including a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he was awarded a fellowship for his work with refugees, culminating in the creation of The Sunrise Center, a mental health agency for refugees and asylum seekers. He joined the faculty of Central Washington University where he conducted research in multicultural competencies before moving to New Mexico.