BernCo announces expansion of programs to help homeless residents with mental health needs
September 14, 2018 05:34 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Homeless camps have been known to pop up around the city in various areas, and a pair of Tuesday arrests is providing one of the most dramatic looks yet at the ongoing homeless issue.
According to a criminal complaint, a zoning issue brought Bernalillo County deputies to an elaborate homeless camp set up at Avalon and 102nd Street. Tents could be seen above ground, along with a shack underground. Electric generators were also on site, as well as what appeared to be a working security camera.
That's where deputies arrested Jose Carrillo and Rosalie Riboni on drug trafficking charges after they were found with what appeared to be meth and heroin.
On Friday a KOB photographer was met with hostility from some of the camp's residents, but for at least one man, that initial hostility melted away to reveal his wife passed away three months prior.
Also on Friday, Bernalillo County officials announced more support for homeless people with behavioral health needs, in the form of four peer centers serving as an expansion of county programs to help those with mental illnesses or drug addictions.
"The No. 1 goal is to actually stabilize and make these individuals feel they are connected with individuals who are struggling or have struggled with that issue—that there's hope," said Katrina Hotrum, director of the Department of Behavioral Health Services.
The $300,000 program will be paid for through the county's behavioral health initiative.
Updated: September 14, 2018 05:34 PM
Created: September 14, 2018 04:37 PM
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