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    County Manager Appoints New Directorto the Department of Behavioral Health Services

    Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca announced that Margarita Chavez-Sanchez is the new director for the county’s Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS). Chavez-Sanchez, a former special projects coordinator and assistant director of the Department of Behavioral Health Services, served as interim director for DBHS the last four months.

    Crisis Stabilization Unit Ribbon Cutting

    Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative and UNM Hospitals announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the long-awaited Crisis Triage Center and the renaming of the Department of Behavioral Health Services Campus.

    Suicide Prevention

    The community within Bernalillo County has joined efforts to address suicide. On average, one person dies by suicide every 19 hours, in New Mexico. The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services is committed to the reduction of suicidal thoughts and behaviors with mental health support and treatment.

    Expansion of New Program: LEAD – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

    The City of Albuquerque and APD announced the launch of APD’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program [LEAD]. Bernalillo County LEAD is a collaborative effort between the Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the City of Albuquerque, APD, Bernalillo County District Attorney, the Law Offices of the Public Defender, and individuals with lived experiences.

    New Digital Tool to Help Map the Opioid Epidemic

    The community within Bernalillo County has joined efforts to clean the community’s streets of needles and syringes, to make Bernalillo County a safe place to work and play. Since the advent of these efforts, over 13,000 needles have been reported and picked-up by various organizations including volunteers, city, and county workers.

    Behavioral Health Initiative: Crisis Continuum

    Video explains how the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services Department is working with Crisis Services to Improve response to an individual in behavioral health crisis and link them to appropriate stabilization and recovery services while minimizing involvement of the criminal justice system and emergency rooms in addition to improving services in the community that will stabilize individuals and prevent crisis.

    Behavioral Health Initiative: Housing Program

    This video reveals how Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services is working to ensure individuals with behavioral health needs are being stably housed and Improving services in the community that will stabilize individuals and prevent crisis. The video includes interviews with survivors of the behavioral health crisis in our community and members of the important subcommittees that are working diligently everyday, to help ensure the program's success.

    New $5 Million Single-Site Housing Project

    Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are once again collaborating on a behavioral health-focused projected through the Behavioral Health Initiative.

    Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths

    Narcan is available at no-cost through the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services. Visit our MATS campus facility, located at 5901 Zuni Rd SE Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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    $6 Million in Behavioral Health Funding Opportunities

    The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services [DBHS] is asking the provider community to submit proposals on ways to address gaps in the behavioral health continuum. These proposals can include requests for one-time dollars for capital, start up or expansion of services. This opportunity provides an avenue for Bernalillo County community providers to apply for funding that will expand their currently existing services or develop new behavioral health services. On November 6, 2019, DBHS and Bernalillo County Purchasing will host a mandatory meeting for applicants to discuss further details and answer questions.
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    Mission Statement

    To improve behavioral health outcomes in Bernalillo County through innovative, cohesive and measurable programs, treatment services and supports aimed at preventing the incidence of crisis and substance use disorder. The three divisions of the Department of Behavioral Health Services are Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, and Driving While Intoxicated.

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