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Behavioral Health Provider CARES Grant

The Department of Behavioral Health Services opens the application process for behavioral health providers who wish to apply for emergency financial support through the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Provider CARES Grant. This grant is for qualified behavioral health providers to assist with costs associated with interruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bernalillo County Earns National Achievement Award

The Department of Behavioral Health Services has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

Honored as a Stepping Up Innovator County

Bernalillo County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties as an innovator in the ‘Stepping Up Initiative’ designed to reduce the number of people incarcerated who have mental illness.

Suboxone Now Available at CARE Campus

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services is beginning medication assisted treatment (MAT) for detox and through induction at the CARE Campus, formerly known as MATS. The ongoing treatment of opioid addiction at the campus will now include Suboxone with referral to community based providers for continued maintenance.

Fighting for Families Newly Unhoused as a Result of COVID-19

Bernalillo County and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Title I McKinney-Vento Program are collaboratively working with the community to support families in need and provide transitional housing in the form of a motel voucher. The vouchers are available to families who have recently become unhoused due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The collaboration will ensure that families have a safe place to stay while they work with APS established social workers to establish housing stability.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Servics is dedicated to supporting people's mental health during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.

Breaking Barriers Conference Cancelled

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services has cancelled the Breaking Barriers Conference scheduled for May 18-20, 2020. We are working to reschedule the event for a later date. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible with information. We will continue to work hard to bring you the event you anticipated. Though it’s true that our May 2020 event will no longer take place in the way we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose – helping the community one person at a time.

Crisis Stabilization Unit Ribbon Cutting

Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative and UNM Hospitals announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the long-awaited Crisis Triage Center and the renaming of the Department of Behavioral Health Services Campus.

County Manager Appoints New Director to the Department of Behavioral Health Services

Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca announced that Margarita Chavez-Sanchez is the new director for the county’s Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS). Chavez-Sanchez, a former special projects coordinator and assistant director of the Department of Behavioral Health Services, served as interim director for DBHS the last four months.

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.

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.

$6 Million in Behavioral Health Funding Opportunities

The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services [DBHS] is asking the provider community to submit proposals on ways to address gaps in the behavioral health continuum. These proposals can include requests for one-time dollars for capital, start up or expansion of services. This opportunity provides an avenue for Bernalillo County community providers to apply for funding that will expand their currently existing services or develop new behavioral health services. On November 6, 2019, DBHS and Bernalillo County Purchasing will host a mandatory meeting for applicants to discuss further details and answer questions.
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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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