Assessing How a New Mexico Interagency Purchasing Collaborative Organizes and Finances Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

In 2004, the State of New Mexico created the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative to transform the way the state organized and financed substance abuse and mental health services. In 2005, RWJF provided a grant to assist the collaborative with:

  • Assessing the capacity of local providers of behavioral health services to adapt to the new system
  • Developing a funds mapping system to track expenditures and spending trends
  • Assessing the effectiveness of organizational and political processes as they relate to specific needs and populations

Key Results

  • Provider assessments supported efforts to strengthen agencies delivering behavioral health services in New Mexico.
  • A new mapping tool documents expenditures by individual and tracks spending trends, people treated and services delivered.
  • A guidebook, Telling Our Story With Data: A Guide for and by the Tribes of New Mexico addresses American Indian concerns about the collection and use of data.