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Department of Substance Abuse Programs (DSAP)
The Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse Programs administers programs and services designed to reduce the incidence of DWI in Bernalillo County, reduce the number of alcohol-related automobile crashes, deaths and injuries and provide comprehensive services for public inebriates in need of substance abuse detoxification and treatment services.
To accomplish this mission, the DSAP utilizes funding from the State of New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration’s Local DWI Program and the New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau’s Community DWI Program.
With recommendations to the Bernalillo County Commission from the Bernalillo County DWI Planning Council, funding from these sources is used to provide an array of programs and services to the residents of both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County. These programs and services include:
- DWI and Substance Abuse Prevention Programs
- Increased enforcement of DWI laws
- Substance Abuse Treatment for DWI offenders (including treatment of DWI offenders in jail)
- Alternative Sentencing programs
- Intensive Supervision of minors
- Screening of DWI offenders
- Program coordination and evaluation.
A separate grant of $1.7 million from the Local DWI Grant Program enables Bernalillo County to fund operation of a voluntary 42-bed detoxification and treatment program for public inebriates. This service occurs at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Assessment and Treatment Services (MATS) facility located at 5901 Zuni SE in Albuquerque. Through this program “street drunks” that are Bernalillo County residents can be transported to a safe, supportive environment to regain their sobriety and enable program staff to begin treatment services and steer clients toward other social services programs or agencies that can provide assistance. Operation of this program allows the resources of local hospital emergency rooms, law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers to be freed up to deal with more critical situations.
Soon to be added is a 28-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program that will allow our experienced staff of substance abuse counselors additional time to treat county residents in need of that level of care. This service also will occur within the MATS facility.
Currently under design is a 50-bed facility on the MATS campus that will provide recovering drug addicts with a stable, sober living environment while they continue to receive outpatient treatment services and case management with the ultimate goal of successful community reintegration.