Hidalgo Medical Services

1 Full-Time Position, APPIC Program Code: 253511

General Information:

HMS is located in Silver City, NM, approximately 70 miles from the Mexican border. The population in the two-county area served by HMS is predominantly Hispanic/Latinx (approximately 48-55%) and White (39-46%). Western New Mexico University, located in Silver City and known for its award-winning Schools of Education, Social Work, and Nursing, attracts a diverse array of international students to the area as well.

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HMS provides comprehensive, quality medical, dental, mental health, and family support services as the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in both Hidalgo and Grant counties, New Mexico. HMS is a nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to providing the best medical care to residents of Lordsburg, Animas, Silver City, Bayard, Hurley, Santa Clara, and all extended rural New Mexico areas in Hidalgo and Grant counties. Since 1995, HMS has expanded to provide quality mental, dental, and medical treatment for a growing number of Southwestern New Mexico residents while also developing a quality family medicine residency program to train the next generation of physicians dedicated to serving the needs of rural communities.  With the addition of the new doctoral psychology internship, HMS seeks to extend that dedication to training into the mental health field to assure the same high quality of training that patients have come to expect from HMS. HMS offers the highest level of quality care with 13 community clinics located throughout southwest New Mexico. HMS is accredited by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Our Mental Health team provides a variety of opportunities to deliver care to individuals, families, couples, and children in both individual and group settings.  HMS encourages mental health providers to engage in integrated care opportunities that enhance outcomes for patients through collaboration with our medical providers.  Therapists provide child and adolescent therapy in both office and school settings through collaborations with local schools in both Grant and Hidalgo counties.  HMS supports the needs of people with serious mental illness through our psychosocial rehabilitation program at New Beginnings.  Additionally, HMS provides substance abuse treatment in both individual and group settings through the Tu Casa facility.  Each provider at HMS is dedicated to supporting optimum outcomes for our patients in every aspect of their lives. HMS complies with Federal requirements to serve a medically underserved population; provide appropriate and necessary services with fees adjusted on patients’ ability to pay; demonstrate sound clinical and financial management; and be governed by a board, a majority of which includes health center patients.

Loan Repayment and Housing Opportunities:

Licensed psychologists working for HMS are eligible to participate in the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program. Link for more info: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov

In addition, housing assistance (i.e., a one-bedroom apartment) may be available for an intern matched with HMS.

The Internship Experience:

HMS is currently served by a multidisciplinary team consisting of 1 psychiatrist, 1 clinical psychologist, counselors, social workers, community support workers, case managers, and peer support specialists who provide supportive services to the communities served. The intern participates in a year-long integrated experience based on the intern’s specific interests and goals.  As part of the orientation experience, the intern visits different locations to determine intern specific goals as to which sites the intern would like to integrate into their internship experience.  The intern is encouraged to experience the full range of services offered at HMS through integration with medical, behavioral health, psychosocial rehabilitation services, care coordination, peer support, and substance use treatment throughout the intern experience.  This rotation structure facilitates progressive professional growth throughout the year and provides interns with flexibility to accommodate specific interests while also providing sufficient early clinical experiences that they discuss in preparation for post-doctoral residencies or other training applications.

Example Schedule

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Rotation Opportunities:

HMS Mental Health

HMS provides individual, family, and group mental health outpatient treatment opportunities at several locations throughout Grant and Hidalgo counties.  These sites include the Main Clinic and Tranquil Skies facilities in Silver City and the Main Clinic in Lordsburg.  The intern is assigned to one of these facilities where the intern is based to provide mental health treatment services.  Integration with medical providers, psychosocial rehabilitation services, case managers, and peer support specialists may also be available for interns who plan to work in an integrated health system.

New Beginnings Psychosocial Rehabilitation

New Beginnings provides psychosocial rehabilitation services for qualified individuals within the communities of Grant and Hidalgo counties.  Participants in the program learn life skills to help them better integrate into the community and enjoy more satisfying social relationships.  The program combines social interaction with classroom activities to help clients develop basic life skills such as meal planning and preparation as well as interpersonal communication and relationship skills.

Tu Casa Substance Use Programs

Tu Casa, located in Silver City, NM, provides substance use treatment in both group and individual settings.  Services provided include some detox capabilities with the supervision of nurses on site, medication management, as well as group and individual counseling.  The facility operates currently from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday with plans to begin operation 24 hours per day in the near- future.

Contact Information

Site Director: Dr. Anita Parada

Email: aparada@hmsnm.org

Address: 1007 N. Pope Street, Silver City, NM 88061