Trends in Indicators of Opioid and Methamphetamine Use in New Mexico and Bernalillo County, 1999-2016
This report provides a survey of trends in five key indicators of opioid and methamphetamine use in the United States, New Mexico, and Bernalillo County, for 1999 through 2016. First, the report describes mortality rates for all non-alcohol drug-induced causes of death, for unintentional overdose deaths alone, and for all drug-induced causes of death by substance type. Next, the report reviews trends in drug abuse violation arrest rates in conjunction with mortality and index crime rates. The report then addresses lifetime prevalence of opioid and methamphetamine use among public high school students. Total and opioid-related emergency department visit rates are discussed as a fourth indicator of use. Finally, the report analyzes trends in total, opioid-specific, and criminal justice client-serving substance abuse treatment facility rates.
Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative: Community Connections Supportive Housing Program Review
The Community Connections Supportive Housing (CCSH) program was funded to provide supportive housing as part of the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) in 2015. Additionally, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH), Crossroads for Women, and University of New Mexico Hospital Community Based Services were contracted to provide case management services to individuals receiving housing. To study the implementation of CCSH, ISR conducted a preliminary process evaluation of the CCSH program, including the three service providers. This particular process evaluation included structured interviews with the CCSH program and service provider staff and administrators, as well as a CCSH program client-level record review. We were unable to complete an implementation evaluation of the program due to the amount of data missing from client files, which is described in the report.