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The county’s longtime detox center is undergoing a multimillion-dollar evolution.
A major renovation at the Bernalillo County CARE campus – formerly known as the Metropolitan Assessment and Treatment Services center, or MATS – is underway, and a newly appropriated $4 million will create an outpatient behavioral health clinic and “living room” space for peer-to-peer counseling sessions.
The move marks further progress to expand beyond the facility’s longtime exclusive focus on treating substance abuse. The center, until now, has provided a spectrum of services for clients wrestling with addiction: a 23-hour observation service for those sobering up, a social model detoxification program and on-site living quarters for those who want support after getting clean. In the past few months, a partnership with University of New Mexico Hospital has raised the level of medical care available to detox clients, and officials say the collaboration will continue to yield other changes. Notably, the campus will begin providing suboxone treatment for opioid users, a medication-assisted treatment service not previously offered on-site.