UNM Prof Sits On National Behavioral Health Panel



June 10, 2008

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Dr. Steven Adelsheim Sits On Healthtech Panel To Improve Behavioral Health Care For New Mexico Youth

Albuquerque, NM – For the past six months, research has been conducted in New Mexico to identify technology-enabled solutions for the delivery of behavioral health services to children and adolescents throughout the state. The resulting report and recommendations for change are the focus of a national expert panel and workshop taking place in Albuquerque June 9 and 10 at the Nativo Lodge.

The conference, entitled "The Future of Behavioral Heath in Children and Adolescents," is being conducted by HealthTech, an independent health care think tank, and funded by ValueOptions®. The conference brings together industry professionals to review and rate ways that technology can influence behavioral health care for young people in a state largely comprised of frontier communities.

As a long-time leader in behavioral health care for the state, Steven Adelsheim, M.D., was an obvious choice for participation in the panel. Adelsheim is a child psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry, Family/Community Medicine, and Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, where he is the director of the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health in the Department of Psychiatry.

Adelsheim also serves as a consultant to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative, which plays a key role in determining the direction the state takes in providing behavioral health care to consumers in New Mexico.

"This conference is expected to produce some very real behavioral health opportunities for our youth in New Mexico’s rural areas," says Adelsheim. "The support of Healthtech and ValueOptions in developing technological routes to behavioral health services for our youth is critical. We’ll focus on using these resources as effectively and efficiently as possible."

This spring, ValueOptions® New Mexico was granted $10.3 million to expand behavioral health care services in the state through its Community Reinvestment Program and the new Community-Based Services Expansion Fund. The availability of the money is the result of the management of public health care dollars ValueOptions® New Mexico receives, along with an overall effort by the state to increase enrollment.

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