Bernalillo County to try new behavioral health strategy

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – With New Mexico in the middle of a budget crisis, cities and counties around the state are going to have to look for new ways to boost behavioral health services and fight the effects of opioid abuse.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins made the comments while visiting Washington, D.C., for a meeting hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Hart Stebbins and other officials are talking about the potential of pay-for-success programs in which local governments make payments to contractors and other service providers only if they meet certain milestones and outcomes.

Bernalillo County – the state’s most populous county – is getting ready to issue a request for proposals for its first pay-for-success contract. The initiative would be aimed at prevention and early intervention.

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