Bernalillo County

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Government Agencies Collaborate for COVID-19 Positive Behavioral Health Patients

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Evan Gonzales, C (505) 508-8045 -

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, and the State Behavioral Health Services Division are working collaboratively with Central Desert Behavioral Health Hospital to improve access to behavioral health services for residents who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The city and county have each committed $100,000 of CARES funds to cover costs through Dec. 30 and the State has committed $200,000 to cover costs after Dec. 31.

Central Desert is accepting COVID-19 positive referrals for this support and will provide psychiatric services, including assessments to clients admitted, until a lower level of care placement is appropriate and has been established. Referrals from licensed behavioral health providers are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by contacting Central Desert Behavioral Health Hospital at 505-259-5118.

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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 674,000 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 $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

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