Click Here to View all the online services New Mexico has to offer. Governor's Corner:. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has committed her life to rebuilding her home state, began her professional career providing free legal service to seniors, laying a foundation for selfless work on behalf of vulnerable New Mexicans, the defining characteristic of her decadeslong public life at the local, state and national level. As director of the state agency on aging, she was a leading advocate for senior citizens, veterans and the disabled. Lujan Grisham was the first secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, transferring Medicaid long-term care service programs to the new department and enhancing access to transportation, adult daycare and respite services to seniors and their families.
Her work there, as the department became the best in the nation, served as a national model for innovation in home- and community-based services. As secretary of the state Department of Health, she doubled the number of school-based health centers and installed teen pregnancy prevention programs, enhancing the quality of long-term care in state-run and privately operated facilities with aggressive, diligent leadership and savvy advocacy skills. Across her career in state government, she served under three different governors, Republican and Democrat, demonstrating her lifelong emphasis on positive, productive, result-oriented work above all else.
In two years on the Bernalillo County Commission, Lujan Grisham supported the institution of tough new ethics standards for county officials, pushed for new business incentives and emphasized alternatives to incarceration at the Metropolitan Detention Center. She battled to successfully save the Casita de Milagros program, a residential initiative helping pregnant mothers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
She was elected to the U. As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she became a vocal, national leader in the battle against reactionary federal anti-immigrant policies. Driven by a deep compassion for seniors and those living with disabilities, and with experience as a caregiver herself, Lujan Grisham introduced and led the push for Care Corps, her legacy legislation, an innovative caregiving initiative that places volunteers in communities to provide non-medical services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.
With this support, people can continue to live independently in their homes and communities.