UNM Regents Support ASAP Move

ALBUQUERQUE, NM –UNM HSC has proposed placing its Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at a new location, 5400 Central Avenue SE, just east of San Mateo. UNM Regents unanimously supported the move this week to improve public transportation and other access for patients.

“This important move will greatly improve access for our patients,” asserts Michael Bogenschutz, M.D., vice chair of Addiction Psychiatry and professor of Psychiatry Administration at the HSC. “Locating the ASAP Program along the Albuquerque public transportation bus route is a strong step in getting folks to us who need our help.”

ASAP, which currently is located south of Gibson and Yale near the Albuquerque Sunport, will continue to provide a broad range of outpatient substance abuse services and programs for specialized populations, including:

Individual and group addiction counseling

Outpatient detoxification

Opioid replacement therapy

Co-occurring disorders

Adolescent services

Women’s services, including pregnant women (UNM’s Milagro Program)

And primary care for enrolled clients

Individual and group addiction counselingis available to all ASAP clients. Counseling at ASAP uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and 12-step facilitation.

Ambulatory Detoxificationwill be available Monday through Friday and patients can start detox on any weekday. The time in detox is determined by the patients’ needs and could range from a few days to over a week.

Opioid Replacement Treatmentwill be provided for both detoxification and maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. All clients will work with an individual counselor throughout their time in treatment and are also strongly encouraged to attend one of several weekly groups.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis Clinic)has co-located with ASAP, and all services are being integrated to allow comprehensive treatment for patients that have both a psychiatric and substance abuse diagnosis. ASAP will have on-site psychiatric services available for psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring.

Adolescent Addiction Services as appropriate will be available at the ASAP site in coordination with UNMH's other Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs.

Women’s Serviceswill offer trained counselors to provide care to individuals with a history of trauma, in concert with psychiatric staff when necessary. Two specialized women’s groups will establish skills to address substance use and strengths-based intervention.

An ASAP Primary Care Clinicwill offer health services for patients who are currently receiving services for addictions treatment, addressing the medical needs of an underserved population that frequently feels stigmatized in other health settings. UNM will purchase the 1.6-acre property for approximately $1.1 million. Building the new clinic will cost about $3.5 million and it could open within a year.

For more information on ASAP, visithttp://hospitals.unm.edu/bh/asap/overview.shtml.

Contact: Billy Sparks, 272-3322

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