House Joint Memorial to Support Behavioral Health Services Passes its First Committee

House Joint Memorial to Support Behavioral Health Services Passes its First Committee

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a House Joint Memorial sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces) that would support behavioral health services, passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. HJM 2 would create a comprehensive plan for the establishment of publicly funded inpatient mental health services in southern New Mexico.

“My constituents and the people who live all over southern New Mexico are resilient and strong, but in many cases they are underserved. New Mexicans deserve access to mental health treatment and care that prioritizes them and their needs,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary.

In 2013, behavioral health services across the state were abruptly disrupted by an unfounded investigation into New Mexico’s long-standing behavioral health providers, which created a serious behavioral health shortage. In southern New Mexico, twelve counties have the highest rates for depression and other mental health conditions in New Mexico. Additionally, there is not a single psychiatric hospital to serve these individuals in southern New Mexico.

House Democrats are committed to ensuring New Mexico’s communities have access to behavioral health programs and that expanding access to mental health strengthens our communities, our families, and prevents crime.

HJM 2 now moves to the House Floor for consideration.