Summary
Healthcare is a fundamental human right.
Everyone should have access to health care in conjunction with behavioral health services.
Community-based alternatives to mass incarceration of non-violent offenders

Healthcare Costs

How a libertarian analyst inadvertently made a good case for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All
July 31, 2018 Los Angeles Times
Conservative analyst  Chuck Blahous set out to bury Medicare for All; instead, he showed how it will improve coverage and save money.

Mental Health and Addiction

Primary Care and the Opioid-Overdose Crisis — Buprenorphine Myths and Realities
July 5 The New England Journal of Medicine
There’s a realistic, scalable solution for reaching the millions of Americans with opioid use disorder: mobilizing the primary care physician (PCP) workforce to offer office-based addiction treatment with buprenorphine.

With More Opioid Use, People Are More Likely To Get Caught Up In The Justice System
July 6, 2018 NPR
People addicted to prescription opioids or heroin are far more likely to have run-ins with the law than those who don’t use opioids, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.

New Mexicans Support Treatment instead of Incarceration
Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico
We support allowing people charged with drug possession offenses or drug-related probation and parole violations to receive appropriate community-based treatment services instead of incarceration.

The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About
May 30, 2018 The New York Times
Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without.

Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.
Feb 13, 2018 The New York Times
There is more meth on the streets today, more people are using it, and more of them are dying.

NM drug overdose death rate drops to 12th
December 28, 2017 Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico fell to 12th place in 2016 as it was outpaced by Eastern states.  Our rate has plateaued while other states have increased.

State sees increase in meth-related overdoses
May 16th, 2016 Albuquerque Journal
While the rising death toll from heroin and narcotic painkillers has dominated public attention, New Mexico hospital records show that methamphetamine has caused a similar spike in deaths and emergency room visits.

Behavioral Health Initiative

Behavioral Health Initiative – ABQ/Bern Co.
Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico have committed themselves to improving residents’ lives and the public’s safety by strategically evaluating and enhancing resources for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Behavioral Health Initiative – Brochure
Improving behavioral health outcomes in our community

Behavioral Health Initiative – YouTube
January 19, 2018 Bernalillo County
On Behavioral Health Day at the New Mexico State Legislature on January 17th, the Behavioral Health Initiative announced an additional program that will play a major role in forming a continuum of behavioral health services in the Central New Mexico.