ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the four years since Bernalillo County residents began paying a special behavioral health tax, leaders have approved nearly $19 million worth of recurring annual spending on a series of programs.
But the county wants to know where needs still exist – and to provide one-time funding to help fill them.
The County Commission on Tuesday approved up to $3 million in startup or capital spending to create or expand behavioral health services, allowing providers to apply for money through a forthcoming request for proposals.
“This is a wider net that we’re casting, (but it) will follow the model we’ve been utilizing around problem-based procurement,” said Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, acting director of the county’s Behavioral Health Services Department. “It really puts the onus on the community to tell us what they believe is the best way to address those gaps that maybe we haven’t addressed in the past.”