H.JM.2. LFC PLAN ON INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH

New Mexico House of Representatives
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                    Requesting that the legislative finance committee be requested to create a comprehensive implementation plan relating to the establishment of new publicly funded inpatient mental health services.

     WHEREAS, the southern half of New Mexico is a region consisting of over sixty thousand square miles, making it larger by area than nearly one-half of the states of the United States; and

     WHEREAS, twelve counties of southern New Mexico have a combined population of over six hundred thousand people that is projected to grow to six hundred thirty-five thousand people by 2020; and
                
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                         WHEREAS, a southern New Mexico mental health hospital study task force made up of experts in behavioral health care, hospital infrastructure and policymaking at the state and county levels met during 2015 and 2016 to study the feasibility of establishing a hospital in southern New Mexico to provide inpatient mental health care to patients who are "committed" pursuant to court order as well as to serve the need for publicly funded inpatient mental health care generally in southern New Mexico; and

     WHEREAS, the southern New Mexico mental health hospital study task force, which released its report in 2016, found that twelve counties of southern New Mexico have among the highest statewide rates for depression and other mental health conditions; and

     WHEREAS, in the over sixty thousand square-mile area of southern New Mexico, there is not a single psychiatric hospital to serve the individuals who are involuntarily "committed" by the courts for inpatient care; and

     WHEREAS, currently, anyone from southern New Mexico who is involuntarily "committed" for inpatient mental health care must be transported all the way to the behavioral health institute at Las Vegas, New Mexico, which for a resident of Las Cruces entails a five-hour drive of over three hundred miles and for a resident of Lordsburg entails a six-hour drive of over four hundred miles; and

     WHEREAS, the southern New Mexico mental health hospital study task force found that there is a need for patients and their families in southern New Mexico to have timely access to services within southern New Mexico; and

     WHEREAS, the task force also found that transporting patients from southern New Mexico via ambulance or, in the case of court-ordered mental health services, via police transport, to the behavioral health institute at Las Vegas is very costly; and

     WHEREAS, two previous studies, one conducted in 2007 and another conducted in 2012, recommended that access to behavioral health services be increased in southern New Mexico, including a recommendation that the state fund eighteen adult mental health beds there; and

     WHEREAS, the southern New Mexico mental health hospital study task force recommended that a partnership with an existing inpatient behavioral health facility in southern New Mexico be explored as a first step in providing access in southern New Mexico to publicly funded inpatient mental health care for patients who are "committed" pursuant to court order as well as to greater serve the need for publicly funded inpatient mental health care; and

     WHEREAS, the task force also recommended that, as a longer-term goal, the feasibility be explored of building a new facility to serve the need for publicly funded inpatient mental health care, including inpatient care for patients who are "committed" pursuant to court order; and

     WHEREAS, the task force recommended that the new inpatient mental health facility be built in Dona Ana county to serve as a hub for the further development of a comprehensive system of mental health care for the residents of southern New Mexico;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the legislative finance committee be requested to investigate the feasibility of establishing publicly funded inpatient mental health services in Dona Ana county, both in the short term via partnership with an existing inpatient mental health facility and in the long term by building a new inpatient mental health facility; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislative finance committee be requested to create a comprehensive implementation plan relating to the establishment of new publicly funded inpatient mental health services to identify key tasks and responsibilities, realistic milestones, funding requirements and sources and strategies for engaging key stakeholders at the local, regional and statewide levels; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff of the legislative finance committee report the comprehensive implementation plan to the legislative finance committee and the legislative health and human services committee by November 1, 2018; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the chair, vice chair and director of the legislative finance committee and to the chair and vice chair of the legislative health and human services committee.
                

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Actions

  • action postponed indefinitely

    Wed, Mar 21st 2018
  • DO PASS committee report adopted

    Tue, Feb 6th 2018
  • Sent to House Appropriations and Finance Committee

    Tue, Jan 16th 2018
  • Sent to House Pre-file

    Fri, Dec 15th 2017