Substance Use Treatment

Information on Substance Use Treatment

Sobering Center Feasibility Study

The Sobering Center Feasibility Study was prepared by the Albuquerque Family & Community Services Department (FCS) at the request of City Council to determine the feasibility of a Sobering Center placed at the newly acquired Gibson Health Hub. The Sobering Center study provides analysis of the current situation, including incidence data; research on best practices; cost consideration; facility size, personnel and staffing ratios; funding sources; community linkages; and proposed recommendations.

This report summarizes the growing need in the Albuquerque community to address emergency response for individuals who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and who are without other acute medical need.  It highlights associated costs to the City each time a paramedic or EMT responds to a 9-1-1 call for overdose, unconscious/unknown or public intoxication, and where a person is under the influence of an unknown substance. The report also summarizes hospital encounter data and patient volume related to alcohol and substance intoxication. Specifically, data from 2018-2020 highlights the total number of substance-related encounters for the 13 local hospital and urgent care sites in Presbyterian Healthcare Services was 21,668. During the same period, UNMH Main and Psychiatric Emergency Services Department experienced 32,788 encounters. Of these combined encounters, the data indicated roughly 6,000 of these cases experienced return visits within three days of the initial visit during the time studied.

The report notes that New Mexico has a long history of having some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse in the country. The problem throughout New Mexico and here in Albuquerque is complex. Adding to the pervasive issues associated with substance use disorders, is an increasing impact on Albuquerque’s emergency response and criminal systems. FCS is submitting this report in fulfillment of the request under R-20-99 with the intent to inform the council and provides an analysis of the issue and recommendations to address this need in Albuquerque.

Download the Complete feasibility study.

City of Albuquerque’s The Path Program

The City of Albuquerque funds substance use disorder treatment for clients meeting the criteria below.  Potential clients make an appointment for a substance use disorder assessment directly with one of the City’s treatment providers.  After conducting the assessment, the provider informs the client if they are in need of treatment and will schedule the client to begin services.

Criteria for the clients:

  • Actively in need of substance use disorder treatment
  • Not currently receiving Medicaid full benefits
  • Not receiving substance use treatment through other funding sources
  • Considered very low income according to the federal HUD guidelines
  • Be a resident of the City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County
  • If a client has commercial insurance that covers the cost of Behavioral Health Services, they are eligible for a voucher if the deductible is greater than $2,800.00 OR the co-pay is $35 or higher, and they meet other established criteria.

The provider agencies, and contact information are listed below:

Albuquerque Behavioral Health, LLC

Bobbie Anderson, Executive Director 
8200 Mountain Rd. NE, Suite 106 
Albuquerque, NM 87110 
Telephone: (505) 830-6500 
Fax: (505) 830-6527 
[email protected]

Common Sense Counseling                                                  

Robin Sawyer, LPCC, LADAC                                                                        
431 San Mateo Blvd. NE                                                                               
Albuquerque, NM 87108                                                                              
Telephone: (505) 803-2467                                                                         
[email protected]

Engender, Inc.

Deborah Patrick, Admin. Dir. 
2632 Pennsylvania St. NE, Suite E 
Albuquerque, NM 87110 
Telephone: (505) 242-4400 
[email protected]

Juntos Podemos, Inc.

David Ibarbo, LADAC 
2715 4th St. NW 
Albuquerque, NM 87107 
Telephone: (505) 242-4533 
Fax: (505) 242-4240 
[email protected]

Duke City Recovery Toolbox

912 1st St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone:  (505) 224-9777


Intensive Case Management (ICM) Program.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) Office for Community Health (OCH), in partnership with the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services CARE Campus, A New Awakening, First Nations Community Healthsource , Casa de Salud, Fathers Building Futures and Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery provides an innovative and coordinated interagency approach to work with high-need clients at various points of entry by 1) engaging community agencies that serve people experiencing problems related to alcohol and substance use and 2) expanding capacity to provide added support to address medical and social needs including behavioral health care and substance use treatment. The ICM program aims to increase interagency collaboration to provide intensive case management services by deploying community health workers (CHWs) with specialized training in the role of intensive case managers (ICMs). By promoting autonomy and self-determination, ICMs collaborate with clients to assess their specific needs and develop individualized service plans (ISPs) that outline the steps that will lead to improved personal health and wellbeing. This project serves some of the most at-risk, underserved, and marginalized members of our community. For more information please contact Claudia Timmons at email: [email protected] or phone: 505-433-8697.

Download: The Path Flyer

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One pager flyer on the path


City of Albuquerque Substance Use Treatment Provider

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Division is accepting applications to become a City of Albuquerque Substance Use Treatment Provider, to be part of The PATH to provide addiction, treatment and healing, for FY-2022.  It is the intent of the City to continue the development of a network PATH able to provide high quality, ethical, comprehensive, and evidence-based substance use treatment.  The City desires to develop a full continuum of treatment services and ensure that all agencies are clinically appropriate and culturally relevant to meet the needs of those in treatment.

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Division has an open application process to become a member of the City’s Substance Use Treatment Provider Network.  Only those applicants scoring 160 points or above will be considered for a contract. The Department reserves the right to refuse to proceed with the development of a contract at any time if it is in the best interest or convenience of the City.

Applications should be completed no later than January 31, 2022 and submitted to Jeanné Padilla at [email protected]

FY-22 Voucher Application