County to vote on mental illness proposal

County to vote on mental illness proposal

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to help people with mental illness.

It’s a proposal that calls for money to fund more resources for the mentally ill who’ve been released from the MDC.

If approved, the vote would buy 75 beds and create a supportive aftercare program.

The issue surfaced after the scathing DOJ report on APD was released in April.

Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins says inmates with mental illness cost local government a lot of money because they tend to cycle back into crime and end up back in jail.

“A lot of these people need more, and so we are stepping up,” said Hart Stebbins. “And we as a local government are saying, you know, we recognize the cost and we are doing something about it.”

This project has been in the works for about eight months.

The county is working with the city of Albuquerque and mental health providers.

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