September 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announces $2 Million to Combat Substance Abuse and Improve Mental Health Services in New Mexico

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded more than $2 million to combat substance abuse and to promote mental health and well-being in communities across New Mexico, including several New Mexico Tribal communities. The funding will go toward prevention, treatment, recovery, and research efforts.

“Many Tribes and communities in New Mexico and across the country are grappling with high rates of substance abuse and limited access to preventative care and clinical services,” Udall said. “While these grants are an important step forward in a comprehensive approach to combat substance abuse and improve access to mental health care, I will continue to use my position as a senior member on the Appropriations committee to fight for funding to build a health care infrastructure that can better serve all New Mexicans—including those most in need within our state.”

“We desperately need to provide better behavioral health care to tribal and rural communities so that everyone who needs help can get it. I welcome this federal funding for tribes to create effective and culturally relevant behavioral health and substance use treatment programs. I will keep fighting for essential resources that provide hope and care to all at-risk New Mexicans,” said Heinrich.

“As New Mexico experiences a high rate of substance abuse, it is critical that we identify solutions and improve health care access for our communities. I’m proud to have helped to secure this critical funding that will ensure our Tribes and communities have the resources they need to combat substance abuse and bolster mental health services across the state. I will continue fighting for every New Mexican to have access to quality, affordable health care – and that includes substance abuse treatment and prevention,” said Luján.

“Substance abuse and addiction does not discriminate. Sadly, tribal and rural communities are disproportionately affected, and have limited financial resources to dedicate to the rehabilitation of their tribal members. I am proud to announce alongside members of the delegation that relief is on its way with new funds to specifically address the issue of substance abuse treatment and prevention among Native communities, like the Mescalero and Zuni tribes I represent. Along with securing additional resources, I remain committed to expanding health care access to every corner of the state, so that no matter your circumstances, New Mexicans can receive the health care they need when they need it,” Torres Small said.

A full breakdown of the SAMHSA awards is below:

  • Zuni Pueblo: $299,999 for the Zuni Tribal Prevention Project
  • National Behavioral Latino Health Association: $300,000 for the Northern New Mexico Strategic Substance Abuse Prevention, an evidenced-based program for youth of middle and high school age that combines community-based and youth-guided environmental strategies
  • Mescalero Apache Tribal Council: $247,357 for the Mescalero Apache Tribe working to reduce underage drinking with cultural connections
  • San Juan County Partnership, Inc: $272,819 for the San Juan County Partnerships for Success
  • County of Rio Arriba: $300,000 for the Rio Arriba County Partnership for Success
  • Capacity Builders, Inc: $299,498 for the Capacity Builders, Inc Strategic Prevention FrameworkPartnerships for Success
  • Ohkay Wingeh: $300,000 for the Ohkay Owingeh Youth Substance and Opioid Abuse Prevention Project
  • La Casa de Buena Salud, Inc: $300,000 for La Casa's Behavioral Health program proposes to implement the SPF-PFS across Chaves County, New Mexico using universal evidenced-based initiatives focused preventing the onset and progress