Health And Public Safety

Four New Peer Support Drop-In Centers to Launch in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative created four new Peer Drop-In Centers throughout Bernalillo County.
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Serenity Mesa Recovery Center Announces Expansion to Include Services for Young Women

BernCo's Behavioral Health Initiative is contributing $250,000 a year to support Serenity Mesa’s expanded services to young women ages 14-21.
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Resource Re-entry Center: Thousands of Released Inmates to Benefit from Re-entry Support Every Year

On May 22, 2018, Bernalillo County leaders officially opened the county’s new Resource Reentry Center [RRC], a first stop for individuals released from the Metropolitan Detention Center as they reintegrate into the community.
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Newest Behavioral Health Initiative Program Aims to Prevent Youth Homelessness

Bernalillo County announced the Behavioral Health Initiative’s [BHI] latest program- Youth Transitional Living Services [YTLS]. Bernalillo County presented New Day, YDI, Casa Q, and Serenity Mesa with a ‘big check’ for $800,000 to incorporate the program into their operations.
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Got Drugs?

Here are seven locations that are open year-round for you to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe, convenient and responsible way.
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Behavioral Health Initiative Announces Country’s First Community Engagement Teams

Today the Behavioral Health Initiative announced an additional program that will play a major role in forming a continuum of behavioral health services in the Central New Mexico region. Community Engagement Teams [CET] will provide assessment and referrals to willing participants who have a behavioral health condition. The teams will aid these individuals and their families pre-crisis, post-crisis, or at-risk of experiencing a crisis to cope with the effects of mental illness. They will not respond to actively-violent or in-crisis calls.
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Be Part of Creating Behavioral Health Services in Central New Mexico

The Behavioral Health Initiative [BHI] is seeking community members interested in joining the BHI subcommittees, which are dedicated to forming a regional behavioral health care system in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County metro area. There are four subcommittees: Crisis Services; Prevention, Intervention and Harm-Reduction; Supportive Housing; and Community Supports. Members are comprised of consumers, individuals with lived experience, family members, subject matter experts, and technical advisors.
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County Manager's Huffington Post Column Lays Out Actions Accomplished with Behavioral Tax Funding

In this Nov. 16, 2017 column for the Huffington Post, County Manager Julie Morgas Baca breaks down what Bernalillo County is doing with money from the Behavioral Health Tax, in concert with our partners at the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico
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Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes in our Community

A first of its kind partnership between Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque and community stakeholders.

BernCo pledges $6 million dollars to treat and prevent adverse childhood experiences

Mental Health Awareness Month

A new collaboration was announced that revamps the handling of mental health crisis calls in Bernalillo County.

How We're Helping

From supportive housing to mobile crisis teams, $10.7 million has been committed toward behavioral health projects.

Goals and Projects

Learn more about the Behavioral Health Initiative's goals and projects and where we're at in meeting them.

New programs to improve behavioral health outcomes and reduce crime related to substance use disorders

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    Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are committed to improving behavioral health outcomes. Through the efforts of a joint governing structure, called the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission (ABCGC), the county and the city are strategically making decisions to leverage resources with recommendations that include community and stakeholder input.

    To further manage the effort, the county has hired a behavioral health director and is in process of realigning internal staff resources to assist in behavioral health efforts and to identify any additional needs. Additionally, an Request For Proposal has been issued for a behavioral health advisor to help put structure in place, train and mentor staff, work on future goals/direction, and braiding funding and resources.

    Subcommittee Goals & Projects

    BH Subcommittee goals
    Each subcommittee has a list of goals and projects. Learn more about them and which projects are completed.

    Oversight Structure

    BH structure
    Learn more about the initiative's joint city-county commission, the small working group and subcommittees.

    Approved Projects

    Between supportive housing to mobile crisis teams, learn more about approved Behavioral Health Initiative projects.
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