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Home » Uncategorized » Recovery Communities and Organizations in Rural Southern New Mexico – Gaps, Barriers and Recommendations

Recovery Communities and Organizations in Rural Southern New Mexico – Gaps, Barriers and Recommendations


This project examined the current practices, services, and needs (including discharge planning and care coordination for those recently released from incarceration) for recovery communities and recovery organizations in 14 Health Resources and Services Administration-designated rural counties in Southern New Mexico: Catron, Chaves, Cibola, De Baca, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro Counties.

We found the gaps, barriers, and recommendations to prevention, treatment, and recovery could be clustered into seven domains: housing, transportation, health care system, employment, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, justice system, and stigma. While each problem came with its own specific issues, many of the gaps and barriers had overlapping causes and solutions. Many of these gaps are addressable with existing evidence-based and practice-based solutions.

The purpose of this report is to deliver a series of findings and related recommendations. The gaps, barriers, and recommendations were reported through a process of data collection conducted with people living in rural southern New Mexico. For this reason, the contents of this report are specific to this region, and may not include commonly held understandings, interventions, or beliefs about the topic of interest based on experiences gained in other parts of the country or other populations.

This project fulfills a core activity of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – funded Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) project at the Center for Health Innovation (HRSA Grant #GA1RH39543).