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    Expansion of New Program: LEAD – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

    The City of Albuquerque and APD announced the launch of APD’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program [LEAD]. Bernalillo County LEAD is a collaborative effort between the Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the City of Albuquerque, APD, Bernalillo County District Attorney, the Law Offices of the Public Defender, and individuals with lived experiences.

    New Digital Tool to Help Map the Opioid Epidemic

    The community within Bernalillo County has joined efforts to clean the community’s streets of needles and syringes, to make Bernalillo County a safe place to work and play. Since the advent of these efforts, over 13,000 needles have been reported and picked-up by various organizations including volunteers, city, and county workers.

    Behavioral Health Initiative: Crisis Continuum

    Video explains how the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services Department is working with Crisis Services to Improve response to an individual in behavioral health crisis and link them to appropriate stabilization and recovery services while minimizing involvement of the criminal justice system and emergency rooms in addition to improving services in the community that will stabilize individuals and prevent crisis.

    Behavioral Health Initiative: Housing Program

    This video reveals how Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services is working to ensure individuals with behavioral health needs are being stably housed and Improving services in the community that will stabilize individuals and prevent crisis. The video includes interviews with survivors of the behavioral health crisis in our community and members of the important subcommittees that are working diligently everyday, to help ensure the program's success.

    New $5 Million Single-Site Housing Project

    Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are once again collaborating on a behavioral health-focused projected through the Behavioral Health Initiative.

    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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      Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 and a half, NM-333, Tijeras
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    • Join us Fridays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for Youth Open Gym Baskeball at Los Vecinos Community Center.
      Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 and a half, NM-333, Tijeras
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    To improve behavioral health outcomes in Bernalillo County through innovative, cohesive and measurable programs, treatment services and supports aimed at preventing the incidence of crisis and substance use disorder. The three divisions of the Department of Behavioral Health Services are Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, and Driving While Intoxicated.

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