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Bernalillo County Expands Training & Education Services for Traumatic Brain Injuries and Cultural Competencies

02/04/2020

Today County Vice Chair Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty joined the county manager and the Department of Behavioral Health Service’s providers for the award of $1 million for training & education programs in the community.

The trainings offered include: brain injury support groups, training for first responders and school staff to identify and respond to signs of trauma in children, cultural competencies for black New Mexicans with mental health needs, empathic listening, mindfulness, and family-to-family programs. These are just a handful of the services that these providers are able to offer to the community at no cost.

The providers for this project include: ARCA, All Faiths, New Mexico Black Mental Health Coalition, New Mexico Motivational Interviewing Training Center, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“We are committed to providing these crucial social service trainings to the community while working with other Behavioral Health Initiative partners. I am proud and happy that we are continuing to expand into different parts of Bernalillo County to ensure that all people have access to services,” said Vice Chair Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty.

Learn more about services at www.bernco.gov/dbhs.

Below are ighlights from the news conference. Speakers include Vice Chair of the Bernalillo County Commission, Charlene Pyskoty, County Manager Julie Morgas Baca, Michelle Harmon, ARCA's Community Living Services Director and Cathryn McGill one of the founders of New Mexico Black Mental Health Coalition.

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