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Public Inebriate Inebriate Intervention Program (PIIP) was developed and implemented in FY13. DSAP collaborated with the University of New Mexico Health Services (UNMHS) and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) to implement a pilot program known as the Public Inebriate Intervention Program (PIIP) to relieve congestion in the UNM Hospital’s Emergency Room and Psychiatric Emergency Services. Its intent was to reduce the number of bookings at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) by providing stabilization, observation and placement support services at the MATS Facility to public inebriates. program provides clients to be housed in a safe place while struggling with an addiction and are provided with a sack meal. PIIP clients can stay for services no longer than 24 hours unless they choose to participate in the MATS Detox Program.


Detox Program provides a short term social model program that is designed to address the alcohol and alcohol abuse problem in Bernalillo County. Through this, the program provides a safe environment to individuals who require detoxification services, non-medical interventions and referrals. It also serves those individuals who would otherwise be transported by law enforcements or emergency medical services to jail or to one of the local emergency rooms. Medical services are available to clients through a collaborative effort with the Department of Health - Turquoise Lodge Hospital, the University of New Mexico Hospital and other local hospitals. program currently manages a forty-eight (48) bed capacity (32 male and 16 female). Program services are offered to public inebriates for the purpose of withdrawing from alcohol and/or other drugs. Staff provides observation, intervention, safety and educational services on the disease of addiction to all clients entering the program. staff also provides screening, brief assessment, referral, AccuDetox, substance abuse psycho-education groups, recovery planning, treatment planning and discharge planning/follow up (when appropriate).


The Assessment Center provides triage and placement services for substance abuse treatment needs for CCP and court ordered participants. It is staffed by licensed counselors. Sixty-five percent of those treated get level-one treatment and the remainder receive non-substance treatment after being referred from the community. Future goals for the assessment center include providing screenings for vocational/educational needs, mental health needs, relational support needs, case management, discharge planning and help with time and financial management.


The Addiction Treatment Program (ATP) provides a four week inpatient jail-based treatment program treating DWI offenders and offenders referred by the Judicial System with addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs. The ATP program utilizes a Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) based treatment modality. Each ATP participant receives a week of structured assessment by a licensed clinical staff member. The week of assessment is followed by three weeks of curriculum designed to provide a solid base core of knowledge and skills that can aid clients in maintaining a substance free existence.


The Supportive Aftercare Community Program (SAC) provides a low-intensity residential service social model program that is designed to allow the clients to remain in a supportive recovery environment after completing alcohol and drug detoxification and/or rehabilitative services. This program provides clients with the opportunity to reintegrate back into the community as productive drug-free members of the community. The program provides a structured living environment that emphasizes daily living skills and long-term management of recovery through life skills training geared for substance abuse recovery clients. The modality used for classes in SAC is the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA). Program participation in the Supportive Aftercare Community (SAC) program is voluntary and is provided at no cost to qualifying New Mexico residents seeking a supportive recovery environment after completing alcohol and drug detoxification and/or rehabilitative services. Potential clients are screened by a team to ensure appropriateness for the level of care and support provided at the facility. Clients may be referred to SAC from Turquoise Lodge, other DSAP programs, or other referral agencies. Any New Mexico resident, age 18 or over, who has had an inability to maintain post-treatment recovery in their respective community and who is in need of continued supportive care can apply. Program admission requires proof of tuberculosis clearance.


The Mariposa Residential Program provides housing, medical services, case management, and drug rehabilitation services to Pregnant/Post-Partum Women and their infants. Through collaborative efforts with the New Mexico Department of Health and the University of New Mexico, DSAP operates the eight-bed Milagro Residential Program on the MATS campus. The program serves women in the community, as well as women transitioning from the Metropolitan Detention Center. To be considered for the program, an application must be completed and submitted to DSAP. Admissions to the program are based on a joint decision from UNM, DOH, and DSAP to ensure all aspects of care needs are met.


The Renee’s Project Supportive Housing Program provides supportive housing assistance and case management services for homeless women who have children and are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Renee’s Project works closely with identified women to reintegrate them into the community after being homeless. Renee’s Project staff encourages and facilitates the reunification process between women and their minor children. Participants in Renee’s Project are provided with rental assistance vouchers for themselves and their minor children. Case management services include links to community-based recovery services as well as other supportive services. Through the comprehensive services provided by Renee’s Project, the women will receive workable solutions, interventions related to independent living, and development of a community-based support network designed to strengthen and preserve the family unit.


The Behavioral Health Initiatives include a partnership between the Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque in their commitment to improve behavioral health outcomes. Through the efforts of a joint governing structure referred to as the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission (ABCGC), both agencies are working to make recommendations on how to improve behavioral health systems in the metro area and how to fill local needed gaps in the statewide behavioral health system while leveraging resources with recommendations that include community and stakeholder input. The task force comprised of behavioral health professionals in the area identified several areas where local governments could positively affect behavioral health outcomes for those suffering from severe mental illness and other co-occurring disorders, through cost efficient, effective, and evidence programs shown to yield tangible results in other jurisdictions.

This partnership began as the Bernalillo County residents approved for a one-eighth percent gross receipts tax increase to create a funding source to fill gaps in existing behavioral health services.


Goals and projects include services under the following categories:

  • Crisis Services: improve response to an individual in behavioral health and link them to appropriate stabilization and recovery services while minimizing involvement of the criminal justice system.
  • Community Supports: Improve services in the community that will stabilize individuals and prevent crisis.
  • Supportive Housing: Ensure individuals with behavioral health needs and housing.
  • Prevention, Intervention and Harm Reduction: Prevent substance abuse and severe psychiatric distress through early identification and treatment.

Bernalillo County has committed to continue addressing and preventing the mental health, substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness crisis in Bernalillo County by continued collaborations with the Behavioral Health Initiative Sub-Committees, Steering Committee and ABCGC.





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