SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration plans to ratchet up state oversight of boarding homes that provide housing to mentally ill clients – a step toward addressing a longtime state government blind spot.
The first-term Democratic governor said there are roughly 100 boarding homes that are currently unregulated. Most are in and around Las Vegas, the site of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, the state’s only public psychiatric hospital.
The Department of Health’s proposed rules, which have not been publicly released, would require the boarding homes to be licensed and subject to periodic agency inspections. The rules would also cover fire safety, staffing levels, crowding and bathroom facilities, Lujan Grisham said in a recent interview.