Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program is a community services provider located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Offering multiple programs including residential treatment, outpatient treatment and detox, BCSA aims to reduce the frequency of drug and alcohol abuse in the community. All programs are available on a sliding scale fee or for free due to government funding programs. Opened recently in 2010, BCSA works to provide substance abuse programs for individuals in need of financial assistance and intensive care.
Accommodations and Food
Bernalillo has two residential substance abuse programs tailored specifically for women who are either homeless or who are pregnant or newly postpartum. The Milagro House accommodates expectant and new mothers with their newborns. The house offers eight beds in a hospital setting next to the MATS detox facility. Women are referred through the Metropolitan Detention Center and treatment and funding for the program are provided by the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Health. Clients receive treatment and housing in the same building. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the facility.
Renee’s Project is a supportive housing program for homeless women with children. Clients live with rental assistance vouchers and receive support from community-based programs. If clients have children in the system due to CPS, Renee’s Project helps clients to navigate the legal system in order to reunify mothers with their families. Clients receive work placement assistance and help with going back to school. Food is provided for with government assistance and food stamp programs.
Treatment and Staff
Bernalillo’s MATS Detox program is reserved for Bernalillo County residents aged 18 and up. The average length of detox is three to five days with the facility accommodating 48 individuals at a time—32 men and 16 women. Suboxone is provided and monitored by psychiatric doctors and clients are tended to by a comprehensive medical and nursing staff. If a client requires additional recovery services following detox, they are enrolled into a Bernalillo program.
The Community Addiction Program (CAP) is an outpatient treatment service for individuals who have been released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. All treatment is evidence-based and typically lasts for 26 weeks depending on the client’s progress. There are no walk-ins; all treatment is based on referrals by Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Programs (DSAP) or by order from Metro or District courts. Clients participate in both group and individual therapy Monday through Friday with either morning or evening hours available. All treatment is facilitated by CASACs.
The Addiction Treatment Program (ATP) is a four week program for inmates recently released from jail. Clients are directly referred out of the criminal justice system for having substance abuse issues during incarceration. All treatment is gender-specific and includes group and individual therapy. Counselors focus on psychoeducation, relapse prevention and life skills preparedness so that clients may reintegrate back into the community with ease. All clients must have multiple DUI/DWI convictions.
Participants in all programs must attend 12-step meetings during their treatment. All programming is tailored to each client’s specific needs and follow individualized treatment plans with discharge support.
Bernalillo has a Supportive Aftercare Community (SAC) program; a social model program much like a sober living or transitional home that offers a residential environment for clients who have completed other treatment programs. Clients do not have to pay for services while living in the low-intensity program. Life skills and relapse prevention skills are emphasized while clients work to reintegrate back into the community.
Multiple programs are available through Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program including medication supported detox with gender-specific programs for new mothers and indigent women seeking recovery. Outpatient treatment is also available directly by referral through the criminal justice system. Clients participate in group and individual treatment free of charge through government funding and grant programs in New Mexico.
Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program
5901 Zuni SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program Cost: Free. Reach Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program by phone at (505) 468-1550 or by email at [email protected]. Find Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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