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Task Force on Behavioral Health

Information about the Task Force on Behavioral Health


  • 11/17/2014: Council unanimously approved R-14-135, sponsored by Councilors Brad Winter and Isaac Benton, which designated the following funding:
    • $500,000 to assist persons with a mental illness being discharged from MDC, which includes:
      • $100,000 for intensive case management
      • $336,000 for supportive housing services
      • $64,000 for a project coordinator
    • $625,000 for a crisis stabilization center, intensive case management and supportive housing services.

What is this Process About?

Summary of the Mental Health Gaps Study:

  • There is a clear gap
  • This study only touches the surface
  • There is a clear need for a coordinated infrastructure to maintain and update information regarding resources
  • Some of the priorities described by providers include housing and crisis care
  • The survey also suggests that we don’t have sufficient intermediate levels of care or sufficient recovery based services to support people staying in employment and education


    Nov 9, 2014

    Op-ed written by City Councilor’s Brad Winter and Isaac Benton and published in the Journal’s Sunday, November 9th edition, with an important call to action for all policy makers at all levels of government

    Our response to mental illness is expensive, ineffective

    October 2014

    Included are presentation slides on the ABQ MH Gaps Study completed by the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UNM Center for Education and Policy Research and RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM. They have also included a provider inventory which is a searchable database and the updated Resource Guide.

    Mental Health Gaps Study

    Updated Resource Guide

    Presentation Slides

    Searchable Provider Database

    June 9, 2014 City Council passed legislation calling for the creation of the Task Force on Behavioral Health



    May 27, 2014 Press Release announcing the creation of the Task Force on Behavioral Health

    Official Press Release

    News Item

      Task Force Meetings

      AgendaMinutesHandouts and Presentations
      Jan 22, 2015 Meeting Minutes

      Legislative Finance Committee Budget Recommendation Packet

      Neal Cash CIT Presentation

      Oct 16, 2014 N/A

      Summary of Recommendations

      Proposed Funding Stream

      Example 1&2

      Oct 2, 2014 N/A

      Presentation - Final Recommendations

      Summary - Final Recommendations

      Sept 25, 2014 N/A
        Supplemental Handout for Presentation by Lt. Glenn St. Onge:
          Handouts for Presentation on Assisted Out Patient Treatment by Andy Vallejos:
            Handout for Presentation on Long-Term Services by Dr. Miriam Komaromy:
                  Sept 18, 2014 N/A

                  Group 6: Case Management

                  Group 3: Interaction with Courts Systems Report

                  Recommendations from Housing Workgroup

                  Record of Issues

                  Roadblocks Presentation

                  Aug 21, 2014 Meeting Minutes

                  NM Behavioral Health Collaborative Meeting 2/27/2014

                  Fast Track Presentation

                  Interaction with Court Systems Group

                  Long Term Services Working Group

                  Housing Workgroup

                  Aug 7, 2014 Meeting Minutes

                  Cost and Outcomes of Selected Behavioral Health Grants and Spending: Human Services Department Presentation

                  Small Working Groups Handouts & Updates:

                  • Group 1: Gaps Analysis (formally known as: Identifying medical/psychiatric services and resources for citizens in the metro area)
                  • Group 2: Crisis Encounters/ Intervention— no handouts
                  • Group 3: Interaction with the Court Systems / Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) (This group now consists of the former group 3: Legal Status and Rights of persons with mental illness and Group 4: Interaction with the Court Systems—they were combined into one group and a new area of emphasis was added )
                  • Group 4: No presentation or handouts
                  • Group 5: Long-Term Maintenance and Access to Services
                  • Group 6: Case Management
                  July 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes

                  Working Groups

                  Wertheimer Final Report 2004

                  House Joint Memorial 01 Task Force Recommendations 2011

                  Presentation on the Supportive Housing Project, Lisa Simpson

                  June 26, 2014 Meeting Minutes

                  Official Press Release

                  News Item




                    City Councilors Brad Winter and Isaac Benton recently sponsored legislation that called for the creation of a "Task Force on Mental Health" (renamed to the "Task Force on Behavioral Health") to work towards service strategies that will benefit our entire community.

                    This call for action unites the City, State, and County in a bipartisan effort to address the mental health crisis in New Mexico. City Councilmen Winter and Benton, County Commissioner’s Hart-Stebbins and Johnson and State Senator’s O’Neill and Rue join together to bring this matter before the citizens of New Mexico with hopes of finding immediate and sustainable solutions.

                    Task Force Members & Duties

                    The Task Force will meet to discuss joint funding opportunities from the State of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque and County of Bernalillo and to propose recommendations to address the issues surrounding and concerning mental health issues within the State of New Mexico.


                    Isaac Benton Albuquerque City Councilor
                    Brad Winter Albuquerque City Councilor
                    Wayne Johnson Bernalillo County Commissioner
                    Maggie Hart-Stebbins Bernalillo County Commissioner
                    Sander Rue New Mexico State Senator
                    Bill O'Neill New Mexico State Senator
                    Rick Miera New Mexico State Representative
                    Klarissa Peña Albuquerque City Councilor
                    Liz Thompson New Mexico State Representative
                    Michael Robertson

                    City of Albuquerque – Division Manager of Health and Human Services

                    Rodney McNease

                    University of NM Hospital- Executive Director of Behavior Health Administration

                    Katrina Hotrum

                    Director of the County’s Department of Substance Abuse Programs

                    Andy Vallejos

                    Coordinator for the Task Force on Mental Health

                    Lisa Simpson

                    Bernalillo Co. Public Safety Division - Technical Advisor to the Adult Reform Coordinator

                    Kelly Bradford

                    Bernalillo Co. Adult Detention Reform Coordinator

                    Wayne Lindstrom

                    New Mexico Human Services Department

                    Jean Klein

                    Metropolitan Court- Program Manager for the Mental Health and Homeless Courts

                    Nils Rosenbaum

                    Albuquerque Police Department- Crisis Outreach Psychiatrist

                    Doug Chaplin

                    City of Albuquerque- Director of the Family and Community Services Dept.

                    Maureen Kolomeir

                    Provider in Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic- Practitioner in the health care community 22+ yrs

                    Thomas Gagliano

                    NAMI- Currently enrolled in the Family to Family Program

                    Jessica Perseo

                    Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center- Psychiatric Acute Care (PAC 1)

                    David Ley

                    New Mexico Solutions- Executive Director

                    Paula Harper

                    The Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico

                    Douglas Fraser

                    Consumer and experience with TeamBuilding- Trauma Informed Care

                    Michele Franowsky

                    Social Worker Consultant- Mental Health Division of the Law Offices of the Public Defender

                    Anita Briscoe

                    Psychiatric Nurse Practicioner- 20 + years in the field

                    Nancy Koenigsberg

                    Disability Rights New Mexico- Legal Director

                    Miriam Komaromy

                    Physician- Certified in internal and addiction medicine

                    Robert Maxwell

                    Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless- Casa Los Arboles

                    Beth Dehler

                    Mental health provider in the public schools

                    Eric Peterson

                    Public health, social service and nursing experience

                    Adriana Delgado

                    Bernalillo County Fire Fighter/ EMT

                    Jill Marshall

                    NM Department of Health- Program Director of the Los Lunas Community Program

                    Caroline Bonham

                    Psychiatrist in the UNM Department of Psychiatry/ Vice Chair of Community Partnerships

                    Marsha McMurray-Avila

                    Bernalillo County Community Health Council – Coordinator

                    Bill Wagner

                    Centro Savila- Founder

                    Harris Silver, MD

                    Bernalillo county Opioid Accountability Group- Co-Coordinator

                    Jay Crowe

                    Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless- Behavioral Health Manager/Clinical Director

                    Fr. Rusty Smith

                    St. Martin’s Hospitality and Behavioral Health Center- Executive Director & CEO

                    Lt. Chad S. Kim

                    Albuquerque Fire Department- Quality Improvement Captain

                    Sgt. Patrick Burk

                    Bernalillo County Sheriff- Sergeant of the Crisis Intervention Team Unit

                    Lt. Glenn St. Onge

                    Albuquerque Police Department- Lieutenant of the Crisis Intervention Team

                    Art Marshall

                    District Court- Director of Pretrial services and mental health court

                    Adan Carriaga

                    Citizen with interest in behavioral health care

                    Mauricio Tohen

                    UNM- Department of Psychiatry- Professor and Chairman

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