La Casa set to receive stimulus money

Freedom New Mexico

More than a dozen jobs are coming to a local health care provider through stimulus funds.

La Casa is about to receive $294,533 of the $4.9 million the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing to 15 New Mexico health care centers in Increased Demand for Services (IDS) grant funding.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to releases from Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., and Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

Seferino Montano, CEO of La Casa, said the funding would provide for 12.5 fulltime equvalency jobs at its offices in Portales and Clovis.

“The intent behind the funding was two-pronged,” Montano said — to create jobs and create services for the community, primarily uninsured and children.

Inside La Casa, there will be 4.5 new positions dedicated to a pediatrician and support staff.

Outside of the centers, Montano said, La Casa will create an outreach and health advisor program. It will enable workers to go into the community, enroll children and adults in Medicaid, work on child immunization and check on patients with chronic conditions.

“We’re really targeting the community we provide for,” Montano said.