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Bernalillo County Opens Newest Peer Drop-In Center, Run by Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery

03/20/2019
2:47 PM
Breanna Anderson, (505) 228-5556, abizbybre@gmail.com

Bernalillo County - For so many individuals living with addiction or a mental health condition, peer support is key to their recovery and wellness. That’s why Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) is opening four Peer Drop-In Centers across the county.

Today’s center is located at the county’s Westside Community Center and is being run by BHI vendor, Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery (ACHR).

“For far too long members of our community, living with a mental health condition or an addiction, did not have a place to go or had limited options- this is now the second peer drop-in center that we’ve launched in the past few months and we plan on opening an additional location on the Westside later this year,” said County Commission Vice Chair, Debbie O’Malley. “If you’re living with a behavioral health condition please know- wellness and recovery do not need to be goals that you reach for alone- there is help, there is support, there are people who want to be here for you and know first-hand what you’re dealing with. This South Valley Peer Drop-In Center will be a safe place of understanding and support.”

Last year, in their downtown location alone, ACHR provided services to 250 people, with the expansion of this new location, their goal is to connect with twice as many people.

Some of the peer-to-peer recovery services that will be offered by ACHR include, Job Development (both in partnership with DVR and as an Employment Network with SSA), Value Added Services, Pathways Navigation, Life Skills, Parenting Groups, Art Empowerment, Choice Recovery Path, and Addicts to Athletes (A2A).

The county contracts for the four Peer Drop-In Centers with New Day and ACHR is $300,000. This location and the location on the west side will total $150,000.

Together, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are strategically leveraging resources and making decisions with community member and stakeholder inputs through the Behavioral Health Initiative.

This endeavor creates a model for improving behavioral health outcomes that could be replicated across the country. For more information about BHI click here.

 

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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 $630 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

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