Behavioral Health Resources


Statewide Crisis and Access hotline: 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474)


California Removes Barrier to Brief Intervention
"The [CA] Uniform Policy Provision Law (UPPL) stated that insurers "shall not be liable for any loss sustained or contracted in consequence of the insured's being intoxicated or under the influence of any controlled substance unless administered on the advice of a physician." . . . Addiction treatment advocates argued that "alcohol exclusion laws" like UPPL present a major roadblock to implementation of screening and brief intervention programs (SBIRT) in hospital settings because they effectively discourage doctors from testing patients for alcohol and other drug use."

Don't ask, don't tell [about substance use] doesn't work in prenatal care
While obstetrical care providers are doing a good job working with their patients on smoking cessation, they are not doing as well on abuse of other substances that can harm a woman's unborn baby. A new study appearing in the September 2008 issue of the journal Patient Education and Counseling reports that patients don't volunteer information about substance abuse unless specifically queried.

New Mexico Men's Council for Boys and Young Men


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New NM Prevention Network web site:

Washington Post: What Teens Are Hearing About Drugs - Some Messages Help, Others Are Troubling
"Experts blame a cavalier attitude toward drugs for a growing incidence of prescription drug abuse by teens. . . . At the same time, many teens fail to stick with a prescribed drug regimen for a chronic condition such as asthma, depression or diabetes."

NY Times recent stories on mental health and youth/children

The Bipolar Puzzle (on children diagnosed with bipolar disorder):  "Fifteen years ago [James’] condition would probably not have been called bipolar disorder, and some doctors might hesitate to diagnose it in him even now, preferring other labels that more directly address James’s rage and aggression: Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — both of which have been applied to James as well. But since the mid-1990s, a revolution has occurred in the field of child psychiatry, and a mental illness characterized by episodes of mania and depression, which once was believed not to exist before late adolescence, is now being ascribed rather freely to children with mood problems, sometimes at very young ages." 
Risks Found for Youths in New Antipsychotics:  "The [NIMH-financed] study compared two of the newer antipsychotics . . . with an older medication and found that all three relieved symptoms of schizophrenia, like auditory hallucinations, in many young patients. Yet half of the children in the study stopped taking their drug within two months, either because it had no effect or was causing serious side effects, like rapid weight gain. "

NIMH Study news release: Healing Voices (Will Hall, co-founder of the Freedom Center in MA)
"I might be different than most people around me, but being different also means being creative and sensitive. I stopped seeing myself as a broken person with no chance for recovery. Most importantly, I reached out to other people who had also been diagnosed as mentally ill, and we began supporting each other in discovering our own pathways to healing. For too long I had been trying to do this all on my own."

States adopt Missouri youth justice model

Free Online CE Course:  "Depression as a Mind-Body Disorder in Minority Populations"
"Despite the availability of clinical guidelines for the identification and treatment of patients with major depression, studies consistently report that patients with depression are not diagnosed or treated as often as necessary. This is especially true when it comes to patients of racial or ethnic minority. . . . there is a critical need to educate clinicians to screen, diagnose, and treat minority patients with depression within the context of cultural sensitivity and to provide clinicians with the skills to overcome any cultural issues that may impede diagnosis and successful treatment of minority patients with depression. . . ."

Witness Justice
"Founded in 2002, Witness Justice is a national, grassroots, non-denominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower and assist victims of violence and their loved ones in healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process."