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A busy year

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By Arin McKenna

Kim Gabaldon’s other duties and accomplishments in the past year include:
• Streamlining the client intake processes by reducing the application to a double-sided page, posting it on the County website and providing e-copies to providers.
• Developing closer working relationships with Los Alamos Medical Center affiliated providers and behavioral health providers.
• Assisting clients with accessing either Medicaid or the New Mexico health insurance exchange.
• Coordinating the Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC), including applying for and receiving a $5,000 Health Council Grant from DOH and hosting monthly LACHC leadership meetings.
• Supporting LACHC subcommittees, ‘Older Adult Services Network’ and ‘Basic Needs,’ and implementing a third on ‘Suicide Awareness & Prevention’ in May 2013.
• Issue an RFP for early intervention for at-risk elementary school youth and families and for home-based services for older and frail adults.
• Overseeing several provider contracts and Memorandums of Understanding.
• Serving on the DWI Planning Council Board, co-chairing the State’s ‘local collaborative 1’ meetings with Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties and participating on the Community Health Care Roundtable (CHCR).
• Negotiating a new $67,500 contract for Presbyterian Medical Services (PMS) to provide in-jail medical services to detainees. Currently all inmates with health issues must be seen at LAMC emergency services.