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About Us

The employees of the Department of Family and Community Services welcome you to our webpage. It is our privilege to assist individuals and families in meeting their housing, educational, recreational, health care and other needs.

caption:Photo of Douglas H. Chaplin

We hope that you will find this web page is helpful in answering your questions about the services we provide to the citizens of the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

Please let us know if we are accomplishing our goal. We are always interested in hearing how we can better serve you.

Carol PierceDirector

Mission Statement

The Department of Family and Community Services provides quality health and social services, housing, recreation and education to improve the quality of life for the entire Albuquerque Community.



Provides administrative services for the department.


Carol Pierce, Director

COA/Bernalillo County Area Agency on Aging

Administers contracts for senior services for the Bernalillo County area.

Michelle Briscoe, Manager - 768-2745
email, web link

Health and Social Service Centers

Provide, as a community focal point, services to meet the health, education, and social service needs of the community.

  • Alamosa Health & Social Service Center
    Eleanor Benavidez, Social Services Center Manager - 836-8800
    email, web link
  • John Marshall Health & Social Services Center
    Charley Salas-Ramos, Social Services Center Manager - 848-1345
    email, web link
  • East Central Health & Social Services Center
    Michelle Sena, Social Services Center Manager - 767-5700
    , web link
  • Los Griegos Health & Social Services Center
    Mayan ArmijoCommunity Services Operations Coordinator - 761-4050
    email, web link

Behavioral Health and Wellness

Administers contracts for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Ellen Braden, Division Manager -768-2788
email, web link for mental health services

web link for substance abuse services

Child Development

Partners with Albuquerque Public Schools and community agencies to offer comprehensive child and family development programs.

Anita Fernandez, Division Manager - 767-6500
email, web link

Community Development

Provides grant assistance for programs and services that serve persons of low and moderate income through federal, state and local funds.

Rebecca Velarde, Division Manager - 768-3068

Community Recreation & Educational Initiatives

Provides a variety of recreational, educational and growth producing activities and services for individuals of all ages.

Jess Martinez, Division Manager - 767-5886
email, web link


Provides accounting and grants administration for the department.

Anna Marie Lujan, Division Manager - 768-2909


Provides maintenance services to FCS facilities.

Juan Lozano, Division Manager - 768-2854