County Manager

Capital and Startup Funding to Expand the Behavioral Health Continuum

12/09/2020

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services has developed numerous programs and services, in Bernalillo County, impacted thousands of community members and is continuing to expand with the allocation of $10 million to help support local providers for capital, startup, and expansions of behavioral health services.

This allocation of funding will provide an opportunity for behavioral health providers to expand or develop services that are not otherwise funded and address a gap in the behavioral health continuum. Funds will be available for up to three years and are non-recurring after that time. These programs will be closely monitored by the Department of Behavioral Health Services and aim to measure causal relationships between service delivered and short-term and long-term outcomes.

“Thank you to the community providers for stepping up and addressing the behavioral health needs of the community. I am proud of the work that has gone into this project and I look forward to seeing the results. It takes a community approach to address behavioral health, and that is exactly what we are working towards,” said County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

The expansion of behavioral health services, while also incentivize the providers to create sustainable, effective linkages between service providers and the people they serve, will improve patients’ access to preventative and chronic care services. The creation of these linkages can help develop and support partnerships between organizations that share a common goal of improving the health of the people and the community in which they live. The expansion will also promote improved outcomes for persons living with a behavioral health diagnosis, a more knowledgeable public, and increased referrals to appropriate services.

The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners (BCC) voted and approved funding for this project on Oct. 15, 2019 and approved funding up to $10,000,000. The providers were presented at the BCC meeting on Dec. 8, 2020.

The providers are: A New Day, AMI Kids, ARCA, Children’s Grief Center, Crossroads for Women, Endorphin Power Company, First Nations Community Healthsource, Los Puentes Charter School, NM Veterans Integration Center, and Recovery Services of New Mexico.

Watch the video of services by the providers here.

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