Groups push for more mental health resources

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The rash of shootings involving Albuquerque Police Department, some of which have involved the mentally ill, has prompted a call for more behavioral health help.

James Boyd, the homeless man shot in the foothills is among them.

It’s believed he was schizophrenic but he didn’t get the help he needed.

Tuesday, a group of faith based and health organizations came together to push for a 75 to 100 bed in patient facility in Albuquerque.

Right now there are only 75 beds in the entire city available.

The group is also pushing for a Kendra’s law requiring mentally ill patients to take their medication.

The group also points out that there is nowhere to refer people who need in patient mental care, which is now covered under the affordable care act.

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