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This is the official news archive for Bernalillo County. Here, you'll find news releases sent by the county,

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Bernalillo County Gives the Gift of Reading to Children

3:44 PM
Evan Gonzales - O ( 505) 468-1590, C (505) 508-8045 evgonzales@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County, NM – The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services administers over 20 different programs within the community, aimed at improving behavioral health outcomes. Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J) Family Services is one of the providers working to reduce Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). PB&J is working daily to provide wrap-around support to vulnerable families in order to end multi-generational cycles of child abuse and neglect, incarceration, and poverty.

New Mexico and Arizona both have an ACE rate of 18% - higher than the national average of 11% - according to a just released report from Child Trends based on data from the National Survey of Children’s Health. The client needs within Bernalillo County tend to be: food insecurity, transportation obstacles, and housing.

“I’m proud of the work the Department of Behavioral Health Services has done for our community. The goal of the ACE’s program is prevention, early intervention, support and treatment for at risk children and families to reduce and mitigate adverse childhood experiences. The case management that PB&J provides to these families is remarkable and they are changing the outcomes for their kids, for future generations to come,” says Bernalillo County Manager, Julie Morgas Baca.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

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