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BernCo Commission Agrees to Partner with UNM Health Sciences Center to Build Crisis Triage Center


Bernalillo County Commissioners agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) to fund the construction of a crisis triage and adult psychiatric center on the UNMH footprint.

With this agreement, $20 million from Behavioral Health tax funds will go toward this project and UNM HSC will match the dedicated funding with $20 million for capital investment in the project.

“Bernalillo County has taken the time to do this the right way, to partner with the right groups and experts in the community, and UNM HSC, to make this project a reality,” says County Commission Chair Lonnie Talbert. “It has been a long process, but now we’ve put $40 million together to do this right for the community.”

“The crisis triage center has been something the community has asked for since the county first introduced the idea of the Behavioral Health tax,” says Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “With this MOU in place, the crisis triage center and adult psychiatric services will soon be available to community members who need these services.”

By having the crisis triage center on the UNM HSC campus, those who need medical and/or behavioral health services will be able to access those services more conveniently than before. The Crisis Triage Center location will be determined after the completion of the UNM HSC Campus Master Plan, but no later than April 20, 2020.

Upon completion, the Crisis Triage Center will offer in-patient crisis stabilization and triage for persons in need of those services and psychiatric services for adults.

For more information about the county’s behavioral health services and programs click here.

At Tuesday night’s County Commission meeting, the resolution authorizing the agreement with UNM HSC passed on a 4 to 0 vote. Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada was excused from the meeting.

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