New law aims to expand access to mental health resources in New Mexico |  KOB 4

New Mexico wants to help more people get access to behavioral health services to combat mental stress brought on by the ongoing pandemic.

The state is eliminating copays for mental health services to ensure people can seek treatment as they cope with uncertainty, anxiety and grief.

“Not only have they lost loved ones to this pandemic but also we sort of lost this idea of what our lives looked like and we don’t really know when that’s going to look a little bit more stable,” said Latitia Brown Ortiz, an Albuquerque therapist with Seasons of Change.

Last year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Senate Bill 317, which eliminates copays and other cost-sharing for people with insurance who seek behavioral health services, such as therapy.

“We have eliminated copays for behavioral health services and we’ve begun the great task of rebuilding a mental health care infrastructure that was decimated,” the governor mentioned during her State of the State address Tuesday.

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