County Plans to Lead Efforts to Develop a Comprehensive System of Services

July, 2019—Santa Fe County— The Santa Fe County Community Services Department released their Behavioral Health Strategic Plan in May of this year, “Leadership and Services 2019-2024”.  The plan, developed in partnership with Hyde and Associates, creates a leadership role for the County in developing a comprehensive system of community based services for people with behavioral health challenges in our community.  The plan also builds on the Santa Fe County Health Action Plan by setting indicators and action steps in the areas of services for children and adults, suicide prevention, workforce development, advocacy, and community education.

“This is a culmination of community ideas and strategies that will guide us in working together collectively to better address the needs of people with behavioral health needs” states Rachel O’Connor, Director of the Community Services Department.  To date, Santa Fe County has funded numerous behavioral health programs, including but not limited to treatment, enhanced social detoxification, naloxone distribution, a Mobile Crisis Response Team, and navigation services for those who experience a drug overdose.  The County has also allocated funds for the development of a Behavioral Health Crisis Center, which will be under construction in 2019.

For more information or to receive a hard copy of the plan please contact Alex Dominguez, Behavioral Health Program Manager at 992-9827.