August 31, 2018 – Neighborhoods that contain a cluster of homeless service organizations, especially in and around the downtown area of Albuquerque, also have higher numbers of homeless people on the streets each day. The Albuquerque Journal recently published a series of articles delving into problems – for those services providers, the residents and businesses in those neighborhoods, and people experiencing homelessness.
Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate solutions to the problem and look at the ways homelessness is a symptom of something greater.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
August 24, 2018 – When TriCounty Community Services, the only healthcare organization serving Taos, Colfax and Union counties, announced they would close by the end of August, local residents expressed concern over lapses in behavioral and mental health treatment. And when Albuquerque city councilors voted to help fund the proposed Hopeworks Village, a housing development downtown that will help homeless people suffering from behavioral health issues, not all local residents were onboard with the project.
Gene Grant and the Line panelists discuss the current state of behavioral and mental health in New Mexico.