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Stories of lives affected by mental illness - through heartfelt personal stories, individuals from Albuquerque and surrounding communities share the pain, confusino, resilience, and humor of living with mental illness.

May Mental Health Awareness Day

Bernalillo County & the City of Albuquerque welcomes the community, behavioral healthcare providers and nonprofits to participate in the Bernalillo County Mental Health Awareness Day on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Civic Plaza.

New Peer Drop-In Center

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].

Westside Shelter Open Year-Round

Every year, Albuquerque’s Westside Emergency Housing Center that opens in November closes again when warmer weather arrives in March. That closure leaves the more than 300 men, women, and children, served each night by the shelter, limited options to get off the streets. That changed today. At an event at the facility, Mayor Tim Keller and Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca joined other City and County officials and shelter managers to cement a new partnership that keeps the Westside Emergency Housing Center open year-round and increases access to services.

Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths

Narcan is available at no-cost through the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services. Visit our MATS campus facility, located at 5901 Zuni Rd SE Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Resource Re-entry Center: Thousands of Released Inmates to Benefit from Re-entry Support Every Year

On May 22, 2018, Bernalillo County leaders officially opened the county’s new Resource Reentry Center [RRC], a first stop for individuals released from the Metropolitan Detention Center as they reintegrate into the community. The RRC will help former offenders navigate the transition from jail to society by offering access to the services and support they may need to stabilize, stay healthy, regain self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of recidivism.
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Youth BLAST Drop-In Center

The Youth BLAST Drop-In Center is a collaborative partnership with more than 14 nonprofit agencies, local alternative charter high school students, Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative and the City of Albuquerque.

Serenity Mesa Recovery Center Announces Expansion to Include Services for Young Women

Starting in September, Serenity Mesa, a local non-profit and recovery center will be growing their impact on recovery by expanding their services to include an eight-bed facility for young women (ages 14-21) who are living with a substance use disorder.
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In Their Own Words: Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Initiative touches people from all walks of life. This piece introduces you two three folks from different walks of life what are being helped by the Behavioral Health Initiative in Bernalillo County.
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Four New Peer Support Drop-In Centers to Launch in Bernalillo County

On Sept. 14, 2018, Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca announced the $300,000 in contracts, the plans, and the providers, New Day and Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery [ACHR].
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Behavioral Health Initiative Program Aims to Prevent Youth Homelessness

On May 11, 2018, Bernalillo County announced the Behavioral Health Initiative’s latest program - Youth Transitional Living Services. Bernalillo County presented New Day, YDI, Casa Q, and Serenity Mesa with a ‘big check’ for $800,000 to incorporate the program into their operations.
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To improve behavioral health outcomes and reduce the incidence of driving while intoxicated in Bernalillo County through innovative, cohesive and measurable programs, treatment services and supports aimed at preventing the incidence of crisis and substance use disorder.
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