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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CCS Albuquerque Northwest Flyer

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DBSA Albuquerque’s statement on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque

To interested parties:

Our chapter, DBSA Albuquerque, respectfully will not comment on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque. We appreciate you contacting our chapter to ask how our peers are reacting to this incident; however, commenting on this incident falls outside our purview and mission, which is to provide a safe and welcome environment for peers, friends, and families to share the challenges and triumphs of living with mood disorders.

We would be happy to share how peer support is an integral part of recovery, and how it has helped so many New Mexicans on their recovery journey. DBSA Albuquerque is an ideal model of the true nature of mental health diagnoses, for we are a dedicated peer support community helping each other to live more successful and joyful lives through shared experience.

We are a model of recovery. This is the true nature of those with mental health diagnoses and symptoms.

Thank you for respecting our decision not to comment on this recent event.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque

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.

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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 .


To our peers who receive Medicaid: Centennial Care Made Easy

To our peers who are current Medicaid recipients:

The Medicaid transition to Centennial Care may seem very confusing and intimidating. It doesn’t need to be, though.

DBSA Albuquerque and Local Collaborative 2 created this Power Point program to help guide you through what you need to know and what questions you need to ask so you can make informed questions and informed choices for your mental wellness.

If you have any questions on this presentation, please email or call 505-288-1322.

Good mental health to you and yours!

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 Santa Fe is up and running!

We are happy to announce that DBSA Santa Fe is up and running!

Currently, DBSA Santa Fe is a weekly Spanish language support group in Santa Fe. An English language support group is well under way and should be available by the end of September.

Juan Geyer is the president of DBSA Santa Fe and a Board Member at Large with DBSA Albuquerque. Juan has launched successful DBSA chapters in England and Argentina.

More information is coming soon (as soon as Juan sends the information our way!).

DBSA Santa Fe is an affiliated chapter of DBSA National.

Website coming soon!