New Mexico awarded $1.9 million for mental health, drug-abuse treatment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the New Mexico State Department of Human Services and three other organizations $1.9 million in mental health and substance-abuse prevention grants.

The NM Department of Human Services received $1 million for its New Mexico Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success 2020 plan. The strategy aims to prevent prescription pain-killer misuse among people between 12 and 25 years old and alcohol use among people ages 12 to 20 through the Partnerships for Success program.

The plan also provides prevention services through coalitions in four counties and at five colleges.

The Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition’s Prevention in Motion Program received $300,000. The coalition’s goal is to create a drug and crime free environment through community mobilization efforts. The program helps young people make better choices.

The National Center for Frontier Communities’ Frontier and Remote Prevention Coalition of New Mexico project received $297,261. The project aims to empower law enforcement, local business owners, schools, faith organizations, and other community members to address drug and alcohol abuse in rural areas where local, state and federal funds are scarce and access to treatment is limited or nonexistent.

The National Indian Youth Leadership Development Project received $295,565 for its Project Venture. The project uses a culturally-based group development process that emphasizes positive behavior and healthy lifestyles.

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