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Bernalillo County Opens Newest Peer Drop-In Center, Run by Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery

03/20/2019
7:49 AM

Bernalillo County, NM- For so many individuals living with addiction or a mental health condition, peer support is key to their recovery and wellness. That’s why Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative [BHI] is opening four Peer Drop-In Centers across the County. Today’s center is located at the County’s Westside Community Center and is being run by BHI Vendor, Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery [ACHR]. 

“For far too long members of our community, living with a mental health condition or an addiction, did not have a place to go or had limited options- this is now the second peer drop-in center that we’ve launched in the past few months and we plan on opening an additional location on the Westside later this year,” said County Commission Vice Chair, Debbie O’Malley. “If you’re living with a behavioral health condition please know- wellness and recovery do not need to be goals that you reach for alone- there is help, there is support, there are people who want to be here for you and know first-hand what you’re dealing with. This South Valley Peer Drop-In Center will be a safe place of understanding and support.”

Last year, in their downtown location alone, ACHR provided services to 250 people, with the expansion of this new location, their goal is to connect with twice as many people.

Some of the peer-to-peer recovery services that will be offered by ACHR include, Job Development (both in partnership with DVR and as an Employment Network with SSA), Value Added Services, Pathways Navigation, Life Skills, Parenting Groups, Art Empowerment, Choice Recovery Path, and Addicts to Athletes [A2A].

The County contracts for the four Peer Drop-In Centers with New Day and ACHR is $300,000. This location and the location on the west side will total $150,000.

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