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Priority: Behavioral Health

In 2007, The Health Council expanded the definition of the Substance Abuse priority to 'Behavioral Health.' Substance abuse is a small portion of the larger issue of lack of behavioral health options in the community, a concern that faces many rural areas in the nation. Substance abuse continues to be a major issue in Grant County. Below are the Community Health and Wellness Plans for dealing with this priority issue.

Click below for our new Grant County Behavioral Health Resource Directory 2016, which has local, state, and national resources, and includes counselors, hotlines, services and support groups.

Click below for the Grant County Health and Wellness Plan for the Behavioral Health Priority focused on adult and youth substance abuse.

 Here are some of the Health Council's recent efforts with community partners around behavioral health. 

 101 Things 2015

The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAP):

The Health Council secured funding for the YSAPC from the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention over three years ago when Grant County reported the highest rate of youth prescription drug abuse in the state on the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. which is a national survey of the health and not so healthy behaviors of youth.

The Coalition has sponsored such activities at the summer program "101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County." The YSAPC working with the Grant County Sherrif's Department to install prescription drug dispoal boxes to aid in limiting access of prescription drugs to youth.  Now the Town of Silver City adminsiters the YSAPC program.

 Bayard youth panel

 Youth Panels and Community Conversations:

Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Admisnistration, the YSAPC hosted a number of youth panels and community coversations to discuss substance aboue in Grant County and how school policies impact youth. The efforts drew national recognition from SAMHSA! Click here to learn more. 


 Substance Abuse Treatment Center:

Health Council alumni and now, Grant County Commissioner Ron Hall has worked tirelessly to expand treatment services for residents. The Health Council staff has partnered on this effort and updates on the effort are present at the Helath Council meetings.

LC6 celebrates with Morales

Local Collaborative 6:

The Health Council oversaw the partnership of service providers and comsumers of behavioral health known as Behavioral Health Local Collabortive 6 (Region 6). the effort created a behavioral health resouce directory for Hidalgo, Grant and Luna Counties and brought in Federal funding for Wrap Around Behavioral Health Services for families. In 2008, it was awarded the Best Media Campaign in the state.

poster-future mother Mental Health Month 2008

Award winning media campaign:

Thanks to the direction of behavioral health consumers, the Local Collaborative 6 created the award winning campaign "I am not my mental illness" with the aid of media specialist, Kendra Milligan. The regional campaign was released state-wide to remind residents the prevelance of mental illness in our community and that anyone can experence mental health issues in their lifetime. The campaign was reported to have encouraged many people to seek services by reducing the stigma associated with mental health.





Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016 10:40

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