Local Assistance

Local Assistance

These local organizations are dedicated to helping women and children, often at no cost.


Apply for Medicaid (Centennial Care), learn about the eligibility guidelines and find a field office near you.  Medicaid is expanding to cover many more people than ever before because of the Affordable Care Act.  You can contact a Medicaid office directly or you can talk to Health Care Guides through the NM Health Insurance Exchange, who can help you find the best path to becoming insured.

If approved for Medicaid, you'll choose a managed care organization (MCO), which is a fancy name for "insurance company."  Each one has great services for expecting and new parents, such as free carseats, cribs, and mileage reimbursement for trips to provider offices.  Visit their websites for more info:
- Molina
- Presbyterian
- United HealthCare


New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is the new Affordable Care Act marketplace for affordable health insurance.  Shop and compare to find out if you can save money by switching. You can also reach a live person who specializes in helping New Mexicans find the best coverage options, whether it's Medicaid, private insurance, or government assistance with premiums.

You can file a complaint about your insurance company if you don't agree with the way they are handling your claims.  The NM Superintendent of Insurance has a Managed Health Care department that processes all complaints involving HMO and PPO plans licensed to conduct business within New Mexico.  The Managed Health Care Bureau may be reached at 855-427-5674. File a Managed Healthcare Complaint here.


Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) was established to support new parents from the third trimester of pregnancy through their baby’s second birthday. If you qualify for Medicaid and live in Bernalillo County, you will likely qualify for this free support. NFP provides a registered nurse to come to your home regularly to help you and support your parenting. At NFP’s first graduation of two-year-olds in December 2014, parents made the following comments: “I wish we could continue to stay with NFP," “The program changed my life," "NFP is like family to me and my child," “The nurse taught me so much about me and my child and how to be a better parent."  Your local contact person is Caroline Salazar: carsalaz@salud.unm.edu -- contact her to find out if you qualify and to see if there are other community resources she can recommend. Visit the national program website here: www.nursefamilypartnership.org


WIC (Women, Infants and Children) can supplement your family budget with funds and food. A function of the Human Services Division.


The SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the new Food Stamps.  Read about eligibility and benefits on the Human Services Division website.


The Barrett Foundation is dedicated to helping women and children overcome homelessness. Did you know that NM has some of the highest rates of child poverty, hunger and homelessness in the nation?


Casa de Salud, with the assistance of the Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, provides free pap smears and mammograms to women 30 years or older with no insurance.


Agora Crisis Center at UNM is a great community resource for any kind of crisis.  With peer counselors trained to listen and connect you with options, you can find a sympathetic ear and a wealth of resources by calling Agora.

People in crisis should call their provider, counselor, their local emergency number (911) or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


The Children's Grief Center of New Mexico is a safe place for children, teens and adults to share feelings and experiences while grieving a death.  Like Dar a Luz, it is a non-profit organization created for the health and well-being of our community.  Groups are facilitated by peer support and there is no charge, but please consider making a donation.


First Choice Community Health is a public health center offering medical and dental services on a sliding fee scale depending on income and family size.


Law Access New Mexico provides free or low-cost legal advice, brief service and referrals to eligible low-income New Mexicans over the telephone.  For an extensive list of non-profits providing low-cost legal services to New Mexicans, see the NM Center for Law and Poverty's resource page.


Are you from out of town, looking for a place to stay in Albuquerque?  Some parents like to use a Bed and Breakfast (BnB) during the final weeks of pregnancy to ensure they can get to the birth center in time. Check out AirBnB.com for affordable rooms to rent short-term.


There are many government-funded assistance programs listed at Share NM. Click here to view over 300 pages of New Mexico resources sorted by type.


Did we miss one?  Please send it to shelley@daraluzbirthcenter.org.