Behavioral Health

New! New Mexico hospitals are proactively working to address difficult issues around behavioral health and providing the very best care for patients who suffer from mental illness and substance use disorder. Our new policy brief provides a snapshot of these efforts and points toward where additional help is needed. 

NMHA behavioral health policy brief (February 2020) pdf

Patients suffering from mental health illnesses and/or addiction are more likely to use the emergency department and more likely to seek prescription drugs from the emergency department. They stay in the hospital longer and return to the hospital more frequently. The NMHA Behavioral Health Task Force was formed to help member hospitals around our state address these issues. 

Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids in the Emergency Department - Endorsed by the NMHA Board of Directors in November of 2016, these guidelines support a statewide hospital response to opioid prescribing.

Emergency Department Information Exchange “ER is for Emergencies” - Learn about this emergency department  (ED) collaborative care management tool, endorsed by the NMHA Board of Directors in June 2016. Designed to increase effectiveness, reduce medically-unnecessary ED readmissions, and improve quality of care through consistent delivery, the tool is now deployed in New Mexico.