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Human Services Department

About the Department

The mission of the New Mexico Human Services Department is to transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities. HSD administers a variety of programs, including but not limited to Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), behavioral health, child support, and utility assistance.

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Stephanie Schardin Clarke

Cabinet Secretary: David R. Scrase

David R. Scrase, M.D., has had a long career serving in both administrative and clinical roles in health care. Serving as secretary of New Mexico’s Human Services Department since 2019, he has been an integral part of the state’s COVID-19 response. A board certified internist and geriatrician, he was previously the Interim Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Chief of Geriatrics at the University of New Mexico, where he also served as a Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Scrase has held a variety of administrative positions through the years, including nine years in medical education, as well as numerous healthcare executive positions in Michigan and New Mexico. Prior to joining the state he worked closely with the New Mexico Medicaid program for three years, leading a successful effort to enhance the treatment of Hepatitis C for Medicaid members. He also led an effort to improve quality and reduce hospital readmissions in all New Mexico nursing facilities. Despite his long administrative career, his first love and understood calling is as a primary care physician, and he has continuously cared for patients for over 30 years, despite concurrent service in administrative roles. He has continued to see patients in his role as secretary of the Human Services Department.

Dr. Scrase completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Michigan, and his Internal Medicine Residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his Master’s of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.​

Contact Information

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2348 Santa Fe, NM 87504-2348

Submit a Comment Online: HSD-SubmitAComment@state.nm.us  

Consolidated Customer Service Center 1-800-283-4465

Behavioral Health Services Division: (505) 476-9266

Child Support Enforcement Division

  • Consolidated Customer Service Center: 1-800-283-4465
    Quick Payment Answers: 1-800-283-4465
  • Fair Hearings Bureau: (505) 476-6213
  • Consolidated Customer Service Center: 1-800-283-4465
  • Human Resources: (505) 476-6230

Income Support Division

  • Consolidated Customer Service Center: (800) 283-4465
  • Local to Albuquerque: (505) 222-9160
  • Customer Service Automated Response: (855) 309-3766
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: (888) 523-0051
  • Constituent Services: (505) 827-7263; SD.ConstituentServ@state.nm.us 

Other states can verify if someone is receiving benefits in New Mexico at: outofstate.inquiry@state.nm.us 

HSD Office of Inspector General: 1-800-228-4802

Medical Assistance Division Consolidated Customer Service Center: 1-800-283-4465

Secretary Main: (505) 827-7750;
Constituent Services (Michelle Trujillo): (505) 660-8915
TTY – Hearing Impaired: 1-855-227-5485

Latest News

Information regarding ongoing food delivery efforts to food-insecure New Mexicans during the pandemic.

ALBUQUERQUE — The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are working together in a public-private partnership to feed more than 3,000 New Mexicans who are food...