The Line: Only Behavioral Health Provider In Taos Will Close

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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.

For further reading:

Taos Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Provider Closing

Councilors approve $2M for proposed Hopeworks Village

Line Panelists:

Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB

Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico

Dan Foley, former House minority whip

Sophie Martin, attorney

1 thought on “The Line: Only Behavioral Health Provider In Taos Will Close

  1. As a social worker, I think this conversation really speaks to the larger question of privatization in the mental health system. In my opinion, it is abundantly clear that this simply isn’t working. There is a built-in conflict between the competing goals of financial
    viability/profitability for a company and the mission of providing adequate services to communities in need. I have witnessed the fact in many locations, not only in New Mexico, that these competing priorities are simply not in alignment with one another when we are providing services to low-income rural areas. Companies in these areas often do not thrive and therefore fail to serve their communities- often failing to provide adequate compensation and support for their employees as well, resulting in high turnover rates for providers and inconsistent services for clients. As long as we must choose between profitability and taking care of people’s needs, we are going to face this problem. Let’s remember that mental health system has not always been privatized. This is a relatively new phenomenon. This is a sector which I believe should be publicly administered. We as a society must choose our priorities in how we allocate our resources – the mental and emotional well-being of our people is too precious to sacrifice. It is unacceptable for this many people to lose much needed services, and the societal costs of such a lapse are immeasurable. However, as tempting as it is to place blame on one person or entity within the system, when we step back it becomes evident that the system itself is not functional in it’s current form, and major structural adjustments need to be made to ensure the availability of services in the low-income and hard-to-reach areas where they are needed most.

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