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

Download 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


Date Description Document
Nov 9, 2014

Op-ed written by City Councilor's Brad Winter and Isaac Benton and published in the Journal's Sunday, Nov. 9 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

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

Agenda Minutes Handouts 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.


              Member Affiliation
              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