The Bernalillo County Commission this evening is schedule to formalize a new partnership that would clear the way for new services to help pregnant women with drug and alcohol problems.
The county’s Department of Substance Abuse Programs, University of New Mexico Hospital and the Department of Health will once again partner to service expectant mothers battling substance abuse. The commission is scheduled to vote this evening on accepting $250,000 from the University of New Mexico to support the program.
Bernalillo County’s Milagro program will provide inpatient residential rehab and intensive sober living addiction treatment for women suffering from drug abuse such as the following commonly abused drugs: methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, prescription medications, alcoholism, chemical dependency, and other addictive disorders.
“This service is critical, there are very few like it in the country and no other program of this kind in Bernalillo County,” says Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Without housing and the basic needs being met for these women and their families, the clinical aspects of this program cannot be fulfilled. Meeting the housing needs for these women through this partnership is the real success of this story”.
Through the coordinated efforts of Bernalillo County, UNMH and DOH’s Turquoise Lodge Hospital, the program will provide housing and individual service treatment plans for substance abusing pregnant and/or post partum women. Bernalillo County will provide the housing and inpatient substance abuse education; UNM will meet the medical and clinical needs of the women, in addition to the case management, pre-natal and post-natal services, while Turquoise Lodge provides the assistance with medication.
"We are pleased to be partnering on this project with Bernalillo County by offering urgent care and continuing the administration of treatments prescribed to these patients," says Dr. Catherine Torres, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Milagro program has operated since 1989 providing both inpatient and outpatient specialized services to pregnant women who suffer from alcohol and/or drug abuse, and previously served up to 150 women per year. Milagro is a six-bed in-patient housing unit that provides residential substance abuse treatment services. In July 2010, UNM Hospital officials announced that the program would have to shut down due to lack of funding.
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