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The New Mexico Human Services Department has launched a text message campaign to ensure the correct contact information is on file for customers who recently had a change of address with the post office and did not receive an update in the departments system. The text message asks customers to confirm or update their mailing address to make certain written communication about SNAP, CASH, and Medicaid benefits are delivered in a timely manner via the postal service. According to a news release, “The text message will connect to a chat that will allow customers to identify themselves and either confirm the address HSD has on file or allow an update to a correct address. The message will be sent in English and Spanish.

The New Mexico Resiliency Alliance, in partnership with New Mexico MainStreet and the McCune Charitable Foundation, awarded Silver City MainStreet funds for the Main Street Plaza Pocket Park that is located on Bullard Street. The area provides a safe pedestrian entrance into the Main Street Plaza and the San Vicente Trail system featuring benches under an awning including wheelchair accessibility and wayfinding signage.

Nine Eight Eight is a new, free, 24/7 confidential lifeline that is now available if for individuals experiencing mental health distress or worried about alcohol or drug use. Participants can call, text, or chat Nine Eight Eight, to be connected to trained professionals who will compassionately listen and connect individuals in need to local resources. According to a statement from the Behavioral Health Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Human Services, “988 is a new, free, and easy to remember nationwide helpline for emotional, mental, or substance use crisis. “It’s part of a larger initiative to build out a behavioral health infrastructure for people in distress to have ‘someone to call, someone to come, and somewhere to go.” Learn more at 9 8 8 lifeline dot org.

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