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Senate passes bill for crisis triage centers

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Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, left, talks with Sen. Bill Tallman, D-Albuquerque, on the Senate floor last month. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — Without opposition, the state Senate passed legislation on Monday that would make it easier to operate a crisis triage center in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 220 now heads to the House.

The proposal, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, would allow crisis centers to be operated at the same location as an in-patient hospital, among other changes.

Bernalillo County officials and other supporters of the legislation say crisis triage centers are a critical way to help people struggling with mental illness or addiction — keeping them out of the criminal justice system.

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