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New Mexico Human Services Department E-News February 18, 2011

`Behavioral Health Day' at the Legislature Celebrates 18 New Mexico Champions

It was a busy day at the state Capitol yesterday, as the NM State Legislature celebrated Behavioral Health Day at the Legislature and honored 18 New Mexicans and New Mexico groups as local champions of behavioral health in their communities. "While I may be new to this state, and have worked for several others, I have quickly recognized how important and strong the behavioral health world is here in New Mexico and today's Behavioral Health Day is a terrific example of that," said HSD Secretary-designate Sidonie Squier at yesterday's event.

Secretary-designate Sidonie Squier speaks at Behavioral Health Day at the Legislature.

The 18 STARS were presented with certificates of appreciation signed by Governor Susana Martinez. "The 18 STARS from across New Mexico are excellent examples of how their dedication and commitment to improving substance abuse and mental health services have made a difference in their communities," said Linda Roebuck Homer, Collaborative CEO. The STARS are involved in the behavioral health system in various roles, as consumers, family members, advocates, providers, youth groups and even communities representing the 18 local collaboratives of the state (see attached map). The 2011 Behavioral Health STARS are: Martha Cooke - Local Collaborative 1 ­ Ms. Cook, a parent of a child diagnosed with a mental illness, is active on the Children and Adolescent Subcommittee of the Behavioral Health Planning Council and was instrumental in beginning a Children's subcommittee in her Local Collaborative. Local Collaborative 2 ­ Honorable mention Rodney Schuelke ­ Local Collaborative 3 ­ Mr. Schuelke started the Healthier Life Styles Committee, which is a consumer-initiated, consumer-organized and a consumer-run committee that operates as a


peer and personal support group enabling self advocacy for access to and improved community resources. Thomas Garcia ­ Local Collaborative 4 ­ Mr. Garcia has been a strong advocate and supporter since the inception of the Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe counties local collaborative and has consistently made himself available to hear concerns and work on solutions with the people and agencies in these communities. Peggie Roberson ­ Local Collaborative 5 ­ Ms. Roberson represents Local Collaborative 5 on the Behavioral Health Planning Council's Children's subcommittee and the Native American subcommittee. She helped organize the Third Annual Children's Fair at the Spring River Zoo last summer in Roswell. Conrad Bejarano ­ Local Collaborative 6 ­ Mr. Bejarano is recognized for his hard work in maintaining his life free of substance abuse for two years. He has maintained his employment and volunteers his time to speak to children about his like at local middle and high schools in the Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. Catron County Grassroots Behavioral Health Committee ­ Local Collaborative 7 ­ The Catron County Grassroots Behavioral Health Committee was initiated in the Fall of 2008 with the dream to create a wellness center where those dealing with behavioral health challenges could meet and receive professional, consumer-run services. Since then, the group has trained consumers and community members in many aspects of behavioral health; conducted an anti-stigma campaign; started a behavioral health HelpLine; created two support groups; and helped recruit new therapists to the county. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps ­ Local Collaborative 8 - Founded in 1995, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps inspires young adults to make a difference in themselves and their communities. To date, corps members completed 130 acres of forest restoration, 93 home energy audits, built 57 miles of trail and tutored 236 K-6 grade school children. They have provided 300,000 hours of service to their communities located in Taos, Mora, Colfax and Rio Arriba counties. Herman Pena ­ Local Collaborative 9 ­ Mr. Pena is recognized for his continued dedication to the local collaborative and is a strong advocate for family members and consumers as it relates to mental health awareness. Paul Gauna ­ Local Collaborative 10 ­ Mr. Gauna is recognized for his efforts to help others become clean and sober while he deals with his own conflicts. He is an active local collaborative 10 member, Chair for De Baca County and active in AA meetings. Erick R. Niha ­ Local Collaborative 11 ­ Erick is a youth member and former resident of the Childhaven Shelter. He focuses his participation on helping youth who are in the foster care system. He is a member of the Housing Leadership Group.


"Soberfest 2010" ­ Local Collaborative 12 ­ "Soberfest 2010" was a drug and alcohol free celebration for National Recovery Month held on September 25, 2010 in Alamogordo. The event is recognized as being a potential model for future celebrations promoting friendship, goodwill, neighborly attitudes and healthy lifestyle choices for all members of the community. Hank Adame ­ Local Collaborative 13- Mr. Adame is a Peer Support Specialist in Grants and the father of ten children. He began his own recovery approximately 17 years ago using the services available to him and decided to give back to others. Mr. Adame began a local Alcoholics Anonymous group in 2002. He also ran consumer programs, such as Wellness & Recovery Action Plan, Double Trouble in Recovery and a Pain Management Group. He is currently the Lead Coordinator for a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program. Local Collaborative 14 ­ Honorable Mention Crownpoint Teen Court ­ Local Collaborative 15- The Crownpoint Teen Court is the only Navajo Nation community-run youth court program, which for the past nine years has incorporated culture-based substance abuse and crime prevention programs for Native American youth in the eastern part of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court endorsed this program as one of their model programs to partner with their Peacemaking Courts. Jane Jackson Bear ­ Local Collaborative 16- Ms. Jackson Bear is one of the founders of local collaborative 16 and stands up for the rights of youth, supports her co-workers and works endless hours to make sure the needs of consumers are met. Ms. Jackson Bear organized a youth Pow-Wow for Santa Ana Pueblo in April, 2010; she fell ill during the event but still ran it from bed. Marion Goodluck ­ Local Collaborative 17- Ms. Goodluck is a member of the Dine' Nation and celebrated her 24th year of sobriety this year. She is a well known advocate in her community, esteemed artist and a reliable volunteer. Ms. Goodluck has presented issues of discrimination and inequality of Native people to the Albuquerque City Council and the NM State Legislature. Patricia Vigil ­ Local Collaborative 18- Ms. Vigil is a peer counselor and helped organize the local collaborative in its early stages. She is a member of the Ohkay Owingeh and Southern Ute Tribes and is dedicated to the behavioral health needs of Native Americans in the Eight Northern Pueblos. She was instrumental in organizing the 2010 Native American Behavioral Summit in September, 2010. State Representative Edward Sandoval sponsored this year's House Joint Memorial (HJM 37) and Senator Mary Kay Papen sponsored this year's Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 22) designating February 17, 2011 as Behavioral Health Day at the Legislature.


The Memorial serves to honor the many individuals who devote themselves to public policy making on behalf of the thousands of voiceless New Mexicans who suffer from behavioral health disorders. About the Collaborative The Collaborative was created during the 2004 Legislature to allow most state agencies and resources involved in behavioral health treatment and recovery to work as one in an effort to improve mental health and substance abuse services in New Mexico. This cabinet-level group represents 15 agencies and the Governor's office.

Lea County ISD Office Wins United Way Award

Lea County ISD Supervisors Lupe Zaragoza and Karen Edwards attended an award luncheon last week and came home with an award for their whole office. The Lea County ISD office was presented with the Lea County United Way "Referral Resource of the Year" award for the most referrals by a local agency to the 211 Help Line. Congratulations Lea County ISD Office!

Congratulations from the Office of the Secretary!

Lupe Zaragoza and Karen Edwards accept the United Way Award.

Congratulations to Johnny Marquez, FAA with the Quay County ISD office, for his attention to detail. His work caught a mistake in a client's case that had gone unnoticed by several people, which led to the client being put back on the Education Works Program after she had been taken off of by mistake.

Here's What's Happening Across New Mexico This Weekend and Beyond

Monster Jam Trucks Tonight, Tomorrow and Sunday at EXPO New Mexico in Albuquerque ­ Monster Jam roars into Tingley Collisium this weekend with many of the U.S. Hot Rod Association's most popular monster trucks, including Grave Digger, Blue Thunder, El Toro Loco, Terminator and Destroyer. Shows are tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. Details at


20th Albuquerque Home Expo, Today and Tomorrow at EXPO New Mexico in Albuquerque ­ The Albuquerque Home Expo takes place in the Manuel Lujan Complex today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details at Winter Wool Festival, tomorrow at Abq. Bio Park ­ Botanic Garden in Albuquerque ­ Demonstrations, hands-on activities and live music will be offered at the 6th Annual Winter Wool Festival from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Albuquerque BioPark. The festival is included with regular admission. Details at 505-848-7180. Snowkite Challenge, Tomorrow at Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Details at o NM Italian Film Festival 2011, Feb. 20 ­ 27 in Albuquerque ­ The NM Italian Film Festival is seven days of great Italian films with proceeds benefiting the UNM Children's Hospital. The 10 Italian films will be shown at different venues across the Albuquerque area: o Puccini's Madama Butterfly - Feb. 20, 1 p.m. at the S. Broadway Cultural Center o The Sicilian Girl - Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at the African-American Performing Arts Center o Red Like the Sky - Feb. 23, 7p.m. at the African-American Performing Arts Center. o Parents & Children - Feb. 24, 7 the Lobo Theater o A Question of the Heart - Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at the Guild Cinema o Me, Them and Lara - Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at the Guild Cinema o Mid-August Lunch - Feb. 26 at the Guild Cinema o La Dolce Vita - Feb. 26, 2 p.m. at the Lobo Theater o Marcello Marcello - Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m. at the Guild Cinema o Mid-August Lunch - Feb. 26, 6 p.m. at the Guild Cinema o La Dolce Vita - Feb. 26, 7 p.m. at the Lobo Theater o Marcello Marcello - Feb. 26, 8:30 p.m. at the Guild Cinema o The Leopard - Feb. 27, 1 p.m. at the Guild Cinema Details at Socorro Civil War Re-enactment, Feb. 25 ­ 27 in Socorro ­ Details at or 575-835-8927 Sixth Annual Celebration of Gourds, Feb. 26 ­ 7 in Albuquerque ­ This annual event takes place at the Manuel Lujan Building at EXPO New Mexico in Albuquerque. More details at of 505892-0124. Monster Truck Winter Nationals, Feb. 25 ­ 26 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho ­ Monster Truck Winter Nationals rumbles into the Santa Ana Star Center at 7:30 p.m. February 25 & 26. The car crushing event will feature the biggest monster truck of them all, "Big foot," and the debut of Mud Bog Racing at the Santa Ana Star Center. Visit for more information. 5

Free Income Tax Assistance Program in Santa Fe and Los Alamos ­ If you are looking for some assistance in filing your taxes the Free Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by AARP, is up-and-running in Santa Fe at the SF Community College, 664 Alta Vista St. and the Pasatiempo Senior Center, 664 Alta Vista St., as well as in Los Alamos at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Assistance is on a first come, first served basis. The hours in Santa Fe are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Senior Center hours are from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. In Los Alamos assistance is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Santa Fe Little League Baseball/Softball Registration Through ­ Feb. 26 ­ The Santa Fe Little League invites you to register for the spring/summer 2011 baseball and softball season. No prior playing experience is necessary! Registration is at the Santa Fe Place Mall's Food Court. o Early registration $60 ($5 discount) Saturday, Feb. 5 & 12 10 a.m. to 2p.m. o Regular registration $65 Saturday Feb. 19 & 26 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. o Late registration $70 (after Feb. 26) Betina Gonzales McCracken HSD Communications Director [email protected]



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