Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque – Northwest Community Conversation – Saturday, April 5, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque members. Please register for this community conversation and take part in creating solutions for our issues, concerns, and needs as those contending with mental health issues.

The conversation is at the Taylor Ranch Community Center. It will be Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Lunch will be served but you must register prior to April 2 for this accommodation.

If you would like to speak to me directly about this event, you can call either DBSA Albuquerque phone number or through email.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque


Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque

About Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque
March 20, 2014



Mental health affects nearly all families – perhaps someone you know. Addressing this issue is vital to the health of our community. Together we can have an open conversation and make a difference.

President Obama has called for an honest, national conversation about mental health to move beyond stereotypes and stigmas and toward solutions and priorities that improve our mental health and mental health systems – with a special focus on young people.


Albuquerque was the first city in the country to answer this call to action. Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted a community conference on July 20, 2013 creating the Greater Albuquerque dialogue on mental health, called Creating Community Solutions – Albuquerque.

“I am honored that our community has been chosen to open this national dialogue with discussions that ultimately lead to action plans designed to improve mental health programs and services for our families, schools and communities,” said Mayor Berry.


Building on the important work already started by the City’s July conference, six neighborhood conversations will take place throughout the Greater Albuquerque Region. Participants will be representative of neighborhood communities, especially the involvement of young people, mental health providers, people with lived experience in mental health, and family members of people with lived

North West Albuquerque is the second of the neighborhood dialogues and you are invited. This event is free and provides a welcoming and safe opportunity for dialogue. People will take part in small‐group conversations where they will have a chance to share their concerns, talk about what the community is facing, and come up with action ideas and priorities for the Greater Albuquerque Area.


Someone you know could be suffering from mental health problems in silence. It could be a friend, family member, co‐worker or a neighbor. You can help. Register now to be involved in the discussion.


Call 505-288-1322 to register or visit to register online.

For additional information please contact:
Melanie Pohl
(505) 247-3671

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 am ‐ 1:00 pm
Registration at 8:30 am
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center
Room 1

4900 Kachina St. NW
(Taylor Ranch Rd. & Kachina St.)

but you must RSVP by April 2, 2014

Northwest Community Conversation
CCS Albuquerque

Creating Community
Solutions Albuquerque

Northwest Area
Community Conversation

The event is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 5th
9:00am to 1:00pm
Taylor Ranch
Community Center

Check in will open at 8:30am.
Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions
please feel free to contact:
Melanie Pohl
(505) 247-3671
Taylor Ranch Community Center

Taylor Ranch
Community Center
4900 Kachina St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505) 768-6006

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Community Engagement Teams (CET) – February, 19, 2014 – Group Conversation for Peers, Families, and Love Ones

NAMI Albuquerque and DBSA Albuquerque are hosting a community conversation for peers, families, and loved ones concerning Community Engagement Teams (CET). The discussion seeks to gain input from peers and families about how CET can help each, as an additional service to mental well-being and safety.

DBSA Albuquerque would very much appreciated our peers, friends, and their families to attend this meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for our issues, concerns, and needs to be heard not only at this meeting but also on the policy-making level.

The Community Conversation is being held at where we meet for our Thursday night support group.

Meeting to Discuss the
Community Engagement Team Proposal

When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where: Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque 87106
(near the intersection of Coal and Buena Vista on the CNM campus)

What: The Community Engagement Team proposal is a diversion program that gives people an alternative to calling the police when a person living with a serious mental illness is getting sick and needs assistance.

Why: Some people living with a serious mental illness and their families need a respectful method of obtaining treatment early in an illness.

Who: We are seeking input from people living with a serious mental illness and their families.

Jim Ogle of NAMI Albuquerque and Steve Bringe of DBSA Albuquerque will be giving a short presentation on CET for information, after which the remainder of the meeting time will be dedicated to open conversation.

Map to Heights Community Center

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DBSA Albuquerque at New Mexico Behavioral Health Day – January 31, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque has been invited to take part in Behavioral Health Day at the New Mexico Legislature (The Rotunda) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, January 31, 2014.

We’d love for you to come say “howdy” so we can get to know the other communities from around our Great State. We can also answer any questions you may have about our organization and how we can help start a DBSA chapter in your community.

Hope is the theme for this year at Behavioral Health Day, and hope is what so many of us at DBSA Albuquerque have found through peer support.

We will be set up at 8 AM and will be leaving by 2 PM.

See you there!

DBSA Albuquerque Board Meeting – January 29, 2014 – 1:00-3:00 PM – Frontier Restaurant – All Welcome!

DBSA Albuquerque is having our first board meeting of the year at the Frontier Restaurant on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

All are welcome to come and participate in the management of our peer group. No RSVP necessary. Just show up!

Below is our scheduled agenda for tomorrow. There are some great projects in the works and we’d love to involve anyone who’s interesting in lending DBSA Albuquerque a hand this year.

Hope to see you there!


DBSA Albuquerque
Board Meeting
January 29, 2014
1:00-3:00 PM
Frontier Restaurant

Agenda Items
Topic Presenter

Call to Order

Minutes from August 6, 2013 Meeting

Treasurer Report

Business Updates .
- DBSA Albuquerque Brochure Update
- Facilitator Training
- Revising Facilitator Script
- Scanning DBSA Albuquerque business files/Shredding hardcopies
- DBSA Albuquerque Safety Deposit Box
- Leasing DBSA Albuquerque/New Mexico Office Space

Fundraising .
- Local Community Donations/Tax Write-Off
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Other Ideas/Brainstorming

Community Outreach
- Behavioral Health Day – January 31, 2014 – State Capitol Building (Rotunda)
- Collaboration with behavioral health community agencies/organizations
- DBSA Educational presentations at Heights Community Center (i.e. CET forum, CIT)
- Collaboration with Heights Community Center

DBSA Support Groups in New Mexico
- Santa Fe Spanish Language Support Group – Santa Fe English Language Support Group
- Co-Occurring Support Group – Schizophrenia/Mood Disorder Support Group
- New DBSA Chapters under DBSA Albuquerque (explanation)
- 2014 Goal – DBSA New Mexico

Other Business .


New DBSA Albuquerque Support Group – Downtown Albuquerque

We’ve got great news! DBSA Albuquerque is holding a new support group in Downtown Albuquerque.

Downtown @ 700
2nd & Lomas
Southeast corner of intersection
Free parking on 1st Street

Every Monday (except holidays)
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Groups starts at 6:00 PM and ends at 7:00 PM

DBSA Albuquerque provides a place for those with depression and bipolar diagnoses to share their experiences and caring with others contending with the trials of a mental health diagnosis. The support group is run by peers and not professionals, described nicely by the DBSA motto:

“We’ve been there. We can help.”

For more information:

Best of mental to health to you!

DBSA Albuquerque is a proud member of Local Collaborative 2 –

DBSA Albuquerque Board Meeting – August 6, 2013 – 6 PM

DBSA Albuquerque is holding our board meeting this Tuesday at the Frontier Restaurant.

What: DBSA Albuquerque Board Meeting
Where: Frontier Restaurant on the corner of Central & Cornell
When: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:00 PM

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you’d like to see what goes on “behind the scenes” (it’s actually very boring) or if you’d like to offer your input into the management of our chapter, please feel free to drop in on Tuesday.

Attached is the agenda for the board meeting. Hope to see you there!

Here’s to good mental health,
Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque
505 288 1322

Board Meeting Agenda
August 6, 2013

Call to Order

Minutes from May 14, 2013 Meeting

Treasurer Report

Service Updates
- DBSA Albuquerque Brochure Update
- Facilitator Training
- Revising Facilitator Script

Fundraising Updates
- Court-Ordered Community Service Update
- Thrift Store Proposal
- Pharmaceutical Companies

Community Outreach
- New DBSA Albuquerque Activities Coordinator
- Educational Presentations
- Local Collaborative 2
- Board Member at Large Proposal: Juan Guyer

DBSA Support Groups in New Mexico
- Santa Fe Spanish Language Support Group
- Co-Occurring Support Group
- New DBSA Chapters under DBSA Albuquerque

Other Business


Come see ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ with DBSA Albuquerque on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DBSA Albuquerque is having its first group outing for 2013. We’ll be meeting at the Cinemark Movies 8 on San Mateo Blvd. north of Montgomery to see the Oscar winning film ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’

Silver Linings Playbook synopsis:

Life doesn’t always go according to plan… Pat Solitano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

The movie has a life-affirming message and brings to the national stage a positive portrayal of mental health diagnoses.

DBSA Albuquerque will be purchasing tickets for DBSA members who attend the event.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Meeting at box office at 6:15 PM.
Movie starts at 6:40 PM.
Movie is 2 hours 2 minutes.

Cinemark Movies 8
4591 San Mateo Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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April 25, 2013 – DBSA Albuquerque is moving to a new facility

After a long and enjoyable stay at Trinity United Methodist Church, DBSA Albuquerque has made the decision to move to a new home on the Central New Mexico Community College campus.

The new facility for our weekly support groups is located near the intersection of Buena Vista Drive SE and Coal Avenue SE. Buena Vista Dr is found between Yale to the east and University to the west.

823 Buena Vista Dr SE
Albuqueruqe, NM 87106

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At the intersection of Buena Vista and Coal, turn south on Buena Vista. You will see basketball courts on the right side of the street (west). Immediately after the basketball courts is an adobe-style one story building. This is where we will be meeting.

Park on the south side of the building. Entrance to our new meeting hall is on the Buena Vista side of the building (east). There is a central courtyard where we will be meeting before groups. The building is ADA compliant.

The parking area is well-lit, and the parking area is monitored 24 hours by both campus security patrols and a system of video cameras. There are three lighted emergency towers in the immediate vicinity that connect directly to the CNM Security Department dispatch. The CNM Security Department has been advised of our scheduled meeting day and time, letting us know that their response time is less than three minutes.

CNM Security Department Information

The 16/18 Broadway/University/Gibson Bus Route has service to the University/Coal intersection, on the west side of the CNM Campus. This is the closest bus route to the new facility.

16/18 Broadway/University/Gibson Route and Schedule

We will be meeting at the same day and time.

Support groups every Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Announcements and Groups begin at 7:00 PM.
Groups will end at 8:30 PM.

We will have a facility host who will let members in and out if arriving late or leaving early. Jordan is our host so be sure to say “hi” to him on the way in.

Thanks for your continued support of your peers and DBSA Albuquerque. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the new facility!

DBSA Albuquerque at Behavioral Health Day in Santa Fe, New Mexico – January 23, 2013

DBSA Albuquerque was invited to take part in the Behavioral Health Day at the Capitol Building (The Rotunda) in Santa Fe this week. We set up a booth where we shared DBSA’s purpose of providing a forum for those with depression and bipolar disorder (and other behavioral and mood disorders) to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences with each other for mutual support in recovery and wellness.

We met with other behavioral and mental health organizations and agencies from around the state, and we learned quite a bit that will help the participants in DBSA Albuquerque with information and services. We were also able to meet with several members of the New Mexico State legislature, new contacts for our chapter that will allow our chapter to be better informed in legislature and policy that affects our lives and treatment. We’ve been invited to advise the legislature with our experiences, direct feedback from our community.

Many thanks go to Valerie Quintana and those on the Behavioral Health Day board who invited us to participate this year. It was a great experience that we hope to take part in again next year.

DBSA Albuquerque Thanksgiving Dinner

Bill and Victoria Cain have graciously opened their home to DBSA members and a guest for a Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Thanksgiving dinner will not be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church as we have done in the past years. This is where we meet each Thursday for support groups.

Further, there will be no support groups this Thursday, November 22. Groups will resume the following Thursday.

If you would like to join the Cains for a DBSA Thanksgiving dinner, please RSVP Bill at 505-681-6998. The festivities will begin at 5 pm. Call Bill for directions to his home.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have a happy, and just as importantly healthy, Thanksgiving this year.