Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - New Mexico

Date: May 2023

Professionals Required to Report
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 32A-4-3

Professionals required to report include the following:

  • Licensed physicians
  • Residents or interns 
  • Law enforcement officers or judges 
  • Registered nurses or visiting nurses
  • School employees 
  • Social workers acting in their official capacity 
  • Members of the clergy 

Training Requirements for Mandatory Reporters

Training for mandatory reporters is not addressed in the laws and policies reviewed. 

Information about mandatory reporting requirements can be found at the Report Abuse / Neglect page of the Children, Youth, and Families' website.

Reporting by Other Persons
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 32A-4-3

Every person who knows or has a reasonable suspicion that a child is an abused or a neglected child shall report the matter immediately. 

Institutional Responsibility to Report

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed. 

Standards for Making a Report
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 32A-4-3

A report is required when a person knows or has a reasonable suspicion that a child is abused or neglected. 

Privileged Communications
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 32A-4-3; 32A-4-5

A clergy member need not report any information that is privileged.

The report or its contents or any other facts related thereto or to the condition of the child who is the subject of the report shall not be excluded on the ground that the matter is or may be the subject of a physician-patient privilege or similar privilege or rule against disclosure. 

Inclusion of the Reporter's Name in the Report
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 32A-4-5

The identity of the mandated reporter will be verified before any investigation is initiated. 

Disclosure of the Reporter's Identity
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 32A-4-33

Any release of information to a parent, guardian, or legal custodian shall not include identifying information about the reporter.