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County Manager's Huffington Post Column Lays Out Actions Accomplished with Behavioral Tax Funding

In this Nov. 16, 2017 column for the Huffington Post, County Manager Julie Morgas Baca breaks down what Bernalillo County is doing with money from the Behavioral Health Tax, in concert with our partners at the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico
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Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes in our Community

A first of its kind partnership between Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque and community stakeholders.

BernCo pledges $6 million dollars to treat and prevent adverse childhood experiences

Mental Health Awareness Month

A new collaboration was announced that revamps the handling of mental health crisis calls in Bernalillo County.

How We're Helping

From supportive housing to mobile crisis teams, $10.7 million has been committed toward behavioral health projects.

Goals and Projects

Learn more about the Behavioral Health Initiative's goals and projects and where we're at in meeting them.

New programs to improve behavioral health outcomes and reduce crime related to substance use disorders

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Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are committed to improving behavioral health outcomes. Through the efforts of a joint governing structure, called the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission (ABCGC), the county and the city are strategically making decisions to leverage resources with recommendations that include community and stakeholder input.

To further manage the effort, the county has hired a behavioral health director and is in process of realigning internal staff resources to assist in behavioral health efforts and to identify any additional needs. Additionally, an Request For Proposal has been issued for a behavioral health advisor to help put structure in place, train and mentor staff, work on future goals/direction, and braiding funding and resources.

Subcommittee Goals & Projects

BH Subcommittee goals
Each subcommittee has a list of goals and projects. Learn more about them and which projects are completed.

Oversight Structure

BH structure
Learn more about the initiative's joint city-county commission, the small working group and subcommittees.

Approved Projects

Between supportive housing to mobile crisis teams, learn more about approved Behavioral Health Initiative projects.

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