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HIDALGO COU NTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY23,2010 9 NM Human Servi coil Governor Richardson acts on health care amount of child su • Submitted by NMHSDISanta Fe ' The NM Human Services ,.Department reports another record breaking amount of col- .Aeetions for the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Di- vision (CSED) with $115.4 mil- _ tion collected during the 2010 budget year that ended June 30. 2010. "During a difficult eco- nomic year. the Child Support Enforcement Division saw in- .creased caseloads and requests for modifications of court-or- ders, which required the divi- =sion to work more efficiently and effectively to ensure child support collections continued to flow to New Mexico's fami- lies." said Charissa Saavedra, Human Services Department Deputy Secretary. Last year's collections are i 0 percent above the department's target for collec- tions and nearly fofir percent above the previous year's col- lections, which was itself oa record• Nearly 60 percent of the $115.4 million collected last year was paid through wage withholding, which is the single COTA Johni Gandara assists one of Sunshine Haven's residents 3n reading some mail, showing the up close and persona/care "given at the facility, SHNH offers 24-hour quality; care By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Wow! Have we been blessed with ram or what? It's also made the -humidity almost unbearable, but let u's count our blessing with the moisture we have so needed. And yes. the sunshine is still prominent her in Lordsburg and Hidalgo county. It is not always the easiest decision to make. when thinking about • taking a loved one to a nursing home. There is much to think about .especially the cost and benefits. I would recommend sitting down with family and discussing this decision in detail and gathering as much information about the pos- .sible facility as you can. After all. you are talking about someone's ,happiness, your mum or dad or maybe an uncle/aunt or grandparent. At Sunshine Haven we always invite families to come visit us -and tour our facility. At this time they can ask our various department heads quesuons or bring up any concerns they may have for the care .of their loved one. Taking care of an aging loved one at home can be very difficult .'for families. Even with home health care there is only a limited amount • of hours of care that they are given. In a nursing home 24-hour care is given. You can rest assure that they are well cared for by well trained Pi~ofessional staff at our facility. And you can-also be assured of the .monitoring of eating, drinking and sleeping as well as any health issues: consequently, giving the caregivers a better view of the type :of.medical assistance he or she will need. Because it is 24-hour care that they are receiving, you can have .peace of mind at home knowing that you can call the nurses station at -Our nursing home to find out any information you need about your "]~ed one. ~'--~ You are actually not doing your loved one any good by stressing :)~urself out emotionally or physically in trying to care for them your- ,(~elf. There are consequences physically and emotionally. We would all like to take care of our own. that is a certain fact. -~,qwever. the reality is quite the contrary. Some of you may have ".{ffa'ailies of your.own to take care of. jobs that require much of your ".iilne or health issues of your own. -" - There is a lot to think about when it comes to our loved ones ?~ong-term care. But know that Sunshine Haven is here to serve you "and here to assist you in anyway possible. Stop by and see our admis- sions department and take a tour let us show you our facility and what -~e do. "~ We pride ourselves in always having a family here at Sunshine ~Haven, come be a part of our family of families. "-: See you next week! LE( AL NOTICE STATE ENGINEER OFFICE .NOTICE is hereby given that on June 14, 2010, Donald A. McGhee & Co., PO -~ox 700, Lordsburg, New Mexico 888045, filed application A-93-S-POD6 with .lhe STATE ENGINEER for permit for Supplemental Well in the animas Valley "~nderground Water Basin by commencing the use of an exploratory well A- -~3-POD6 drilled to a depth of 266 feet and constructed with 6.0 inch outside =~iameter casing, located in the NW1/4NE1/4NE1/4 of Section 31, Township 24 ~8outh, Range 20 West. NMPM, Well A-93-S-POD6 is to supplement existing ~@ells A-93, A-94, A-95, A-96, A-97 all located in NWl/4NEI"/4NE1/4, Section ?.~1, Township 24 South, Range 20West, NMPM for irrigation purposes on ten ~c;res of land located in the Pt. NE1/4NE1/4NE1/4 and Pt. E1/2NW1/4NE1/ ;~NE1/4 of said Section 31. Amount of water from all sources shall not exceed 0 acre-feet per annum in any one year measured at wells for irrigation urposes. Wells are located in the vicinity of Roadforks, New Mexico in Hidalgo ounty. ~y person or other entity shall have standing to file an objection or protest if ley object that the granting of the application will: (1) Be detrimental to the bjector's water right; or (2) Be contrary to the conservation of water within the rate or detrimental to the public welfare of the state, provided that the objector bows how they will be substantially and specifically affected by the granting ~of, the application. A valid objection or protest shall set forth the grounds for -?~sserti ng standing and shall be legible, signed, and include the complete ~ailing address of the objector• An objection or protest must be filed with the ~iate engineer not later than 10 calendar days after the date of the last publi- ~tion of this notice. An objection or protest may be mailed to the Office of the i~te Engineer, P.O. Box 844, Deming, New Mexico 88031, or faxed to (505)546- -~290 provided the original is hand-delivered or postmarked within 24 hours -a~ter transmission of the fax. The State Engineer will take the application up for - ~msideration in the most appropriate and timely manner practical. ~.~-- Jy23/30/A6c jk~° o rt in best method of ensuring consis- tent reliable payments. However. collections from unemployment benefits soared to an all time high with $8.2 million col- lected, or seven percent of all • collections. "While it may seem insen: sitive to collect from unemploy- ment benefits knowing that the non-custodial parent is unem- ployed, it is even more difficult to know that these collections often don't cover the full amount of the monthly support obligation." said Stephen Klump, Acting CSED Director. "That, often times, causes the non-custodial parents to fall behind in their payments and leaves custodial parents short of their monthly support obliga- tion." Non-custodial parents and custodial parents who are re- ceiving unemployment benefits may be eligible for a modifica- tion of their support obligations• They should contact CSED to schedule-an appointment with a case worker and initiate the modification review process. Other collections came in through direct non-custodial payments, tax refund intercepts, and the license suspenston and passport denial programs. Governor Richardson's Fresh Start Program has also played an important role over the last few years in helping to increase child support collec- tions. Since it began in 2005, 1,348 cases have taken part in the initiative, collecting more than $2 million in child support. "This program has allowed non-custodial parents, who had .allowed their arrears to grow so large they were ignoring the problem, come in and find out how they can settle their obli- gation by making a lump sum payment and entering into a new payment plan for the re- maining support arrearages." said Saavedra. The Child Support Cus- tomer Service Center can be reached toll free at 1-800-288- 7207 in New Mexico or 1-800- 585-7631 from out of state. Sports Physicals LHS July 30 Southwest Bone and Joint Institute in Silver City will be giving sports physicals for Lordsburg High School students on Friday, July 30th. from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The cost will be $5.00• Student athletes should wear shorts and a t-shirt, and have the medical history completed and signed by a parent or guard- ian_. Physical forms may be picked up at the Lordsburg High School office Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Lordsburg Schools will provide transportation to Silver City. The bus will leave from the Lordsburg High School gym parking tot at 12:30 p.m. reform strategic plan and recommendations Information courtesy GOV. BILL RICHARDSON'S OFFICEISanta Fe Governor Bill Richardson this week announced the state is moving forward on several initial recommendations from the New Mexico Health Care Reform Leadership Team's Strategic Plan. Governor Richardson appointed the leadership team to develop a plan for the state to implement the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress earlier this year. "I appreciate the hard work this team put forward to lead New Mexico down the right path in implementing health care re- form," Governor Richardson said. "Now the even harder work must begin with implementing some of the recommendations, including developing New Mexico's own strong health insurance ex- change.'" Developing a Health Insur- ance Exchange is one of the rec- ommendations in the Strategic Plan. "The Leadership Team felt strongly about establishing our own health insurance exchange rather than using one operated by the federal government with the purpose of the Exchange 19eing an active marketplace that helps drive the development of qual- ity, affordable plans for New Mexicans," said Katie Falls, Hu- man Services Department Secre- tary and chair of the Health Care Reform Leadership Team. The other recommendations the Governor has directed the state to move forward with in- clude: Continue convening the Health Care Reform Leadership Team to assure coordination across state agencies, report di- rectly to the Office of the Gover- nor, and be accountable for rec- ommendations made to the Ex- ecutive. , Expand membership of the HCR Leadership Team to include representation from the Higher Education Department: Public Education Department; Depart- ment of Finance and ,Administra- tion: General Services Depart- ment. Risk Management Divi- sion; Office of the Governor's Council on Women's Health: and dae--W.orkers' Compensation Ad- ministrati on. • Create an Office of Health Care Reform generally based on the NM Office of Recovery and Reinvestment (NMORR) model utilizing existing staff resources to plan, coordinate, and adminis- ter implementation of federal health care reform while report- ing to "the Health Care Reform Leadership Team. . - Host the Office of Health Care Reform at the Human Ser- vices Department • Determine state statutes re- quiring amendment/enactment to be in compliance with the Patier~t Protection and Affordable Care Act. • Conduct tribal consultation regarding health care reform ini- tiatives and policies that wilt im- pact American Indians. The HCR Leadership Team was put together by Executive Order earlier this year and con- sisted of several state-agencies and offices, The Leadership Team ous provisions under the Patient held three meetings, where the Protection and Affordable Care public and stakeholders had the Act. The complete report can be opportunity to give input, found on the HSDwebsite at The Strategic Plan, Federal http://www.hsd.state.nm.uslpdf/ Health Care Reform - A hcr/NM%20Federal%20Health Roadmap for New Mexico, high- %20Care%20Reform%20Strategi lights the need to further analyze c % 2 0 P 1 a n % .2 0 7 - 1 2 - | the fiscal and policy implications t0%20FINAL.pdf. presented for our state given vari- Rep. Teague announces VA efforts to ease PTSD claims process Courtesy information Thursday, Congressman Harry Teague announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will issue new rules to ease the process for veterans" suffering from post-traumatic stress dis- order (PTSD) to receive disabil- ity benefits. The regulations, which will take effect as early as Monday, will eliminate a re- quirement that veterans provide documen tation of specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused PTSD. Such requirements are often difficult to fulfill and can stymie legiti- mate claims for benefits. The new rules will affect hundreds of thousands of veterans and help to ~ddress the growing number of service members struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues after return- ing from Iraq and Afghanistan. "The men and women who fought to protect our country deserve the services they were promised and the best care that we can provide. That includes easy access to treatment and as- sistance for both physical wounds and the "'invisible" men- tal health wounds, like PTSD," said Harry Teague, New Mexico's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Com- mittee and founding member of the Congressional Invisible Wounds Caucus. "As our mili- tary commitments overseas con- tinue,,the physical, mental and emotional burden placed on our troops and returning veterans only continues to grow, This an- nouncement will positively im- pact,,~o,:~aa.ny veterans suffering with the effects of PTSD and I applaud VA Secretary Shinseki on these new regulations." Veterans have struggled for decades to meet the require- ments for PTSD benefits, argu- ing that finding such records is extremely time consuming and sometimes impossible. The new rule, which applies to vet- erans of all wars, will provide compensations to soldiers and veterans struggling with PTSD if they can simply show that they served in a war zone and in a job consistent with the events that they say caused their con- ditions without providing evi- dence of specific traumatic events. The new rule would also allow compensation for ser- vice members who had good reason to fear traumatic events. known as stressors, even if they did not actually experience them. Congressman Teague has made veterans' issues a top pri- ority, helping to secure ad- vanced appropriations funding for the VA and introducing leg- islation aimed at addressing and reducing the impact of mental health issues like PTSD have on the lives of returning veterans. He led a bi-partisan group in forming the Congressional In- visible Wounds Caucus, to pro- mote awareness of and solutions for the mental health challenges facing our service members and veterans. He was recognized by the Coalition for Iraq and Af- ghanistan Veterans for his leader- ship on the mental health of our veterans and service members. Recently, Teague led an inquiry in to treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at Ft Bliss and across the military, following re- ports that soldiers returning from war with TBI have struggled with months long waits to be seen by a doctor, inadequate care. and major delays in the opening of Ft. Bliss' TBI Clinic. Teague also recently hosted a field hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Com- mittee (HVAC) Health Subcom- mittee in Las Cruces, New Mexico to address the unique is- sues facing southern New Mexico's veterans. Training to Work positions for older workers Courtesy information The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Senior Employment Program pro- vides training opportunities to qualified, low-income New Mexico residents who are 55 years of age or older. The Senior Employment Program provides work experience, on-the-job training, and skills development. If you think that you qualify or would like more information about this program, please con- tact Bea Valdes toll free at 1-866- 810-2101 ext. 1006. With an emphasis on home and community services, the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides support to elderly and disabled New Mexicans so they can remain independent and maintain their dignity and quality of life. t ~tty y~ ltu~t Choie~ Ftuas diff~ ~n SU MyPyram Lord's Living Water Lighthouse 807 Duncan Highway fUS 70) - Lordsburg - (575) 590-0143 - Sunday Morning Service: 10:40 AM Dress is always casual!