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Opioid Settlement Funds

Plan for how to allocate settlement funds received by the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County


Phone: 505-468-7412

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Opioid settlement funds are being awarded as part of litigation brought by states and local political subdivisions against pharmaceutical distributors that inflicted damages through the marketing and misuse of synthetic opioids.

A resolution passed by the City Council in October, 2023, R-23-174, sets forth several requirements that must be met before the City can spend the funds, including an estimated life of settlement fund balance and timeline and solicited input from other local governments. Bernalillo County passed a parallel resolution, AR 2023-105. 

Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, and the global health organization Vital Strategies are working together to design and implement a planning process for the strategic use of opioid settlement funds. The county and city are required to contract with an outside entity to help our respective local governments develop a plan of action for use of opioid settlement funds. Vital Strategies is working with SBS Evaluation & Program Development Specialists to conduct outreach and facilitate conversations with community members on how opioid settlement funds should be spent.

A facilitated public planning and meeting process is also being organized to solicit public input on the use of the opioid settlement monies.

A flier with a bullhorn reads "we want to hear your opinions! Do you have ideas for how to stop the opioid epidemic in Bernalillo County? Would you like to share your ideas or solutions? Let your voice be heard! Scan the QR code to register for more information on upcoming listening sessions!"

 A flier with a bullhorn at the top and a woman holding a QR code on a sign. The flier reads, in Spanish: Queremos escuchar sus opiniones! Tiene ideas sobre cómo parar la epidemia de opiodes en el Condado del Bernalillo? Quiere compratir sus ideas u opiniones? Haz que su voz sea eschuchada! Escaneo el código QR para registrarse y obtener más información sobre las próximas sesiones de escucha.

How Will Community Members be Included? 

Strategy 1: Community outreach

Strategy 2: Host and facilitate five townhalls, one in each of the five County Commission districts

  • Tuesday, July 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. Hosted by Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada (District 2) and City Councilor Klarissa Peña (District 3).
  • Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th St NW #2125, Albuquerque, NM 87114. Hosted by Commissioner Walt Benson (District 4) and City Councilors Louis Sanchez (District 1) and Daniel Champine (District 8).
  • Thursday, July 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE Albuquerque 87123. Hosted by Commissioner Eric Olivas (District 5) and Councilors Tammy Fiebelkorn (District 7) and Renee Grout (District 9).
  • Wednesday, July 31 from 5-8 p.m. at the Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121. Hosted by Commissioner Barbara Baca (District 1).
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the International District Library, 7601 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Hosted by Councilor Nicole Rogers and Commissioner Adriann Barboa (District 3). 

Strategy 3: Host and facilitate seven listening sessions, each tailored to a specific stakeholder group

Strategy 4: Host and facilitate a listening session with City and County lawmakers

Strategy 5: Host at least one townhall session with Pueblos and Native nations

Strategy 6: Administer online survey to City and County community members

Strategy 7: Collect opinions and ideas through e-mail

Stakeholder Groups 

  • People with lived and living experience 
  • Lawmakers and other City and County
  • Medical and behavioral health leaders
  • Black community
  • Latinx community
  • Urban Native community
  • Family members of people who use drugs
  • Public health and social services providers
  • LGBTQ advocacy and service providers
  • Leaders and members of the Pueblos and
    Native nations in the geography of Bernalillo County
  • Youth service providers, and parents of youth and young people
  • Educational institutions
  • Migrant and immigrant communities


City of Albuquerque Administrative Resolution

Bernalillo County Administrative Resolution

Printable Community Engagement One-Pager

Full Community Engagement Plan - April 30, 2024