Community Services Department Annual Report FY18

Sandoval County’s Community Services Division provides a wealth of invaluable services throughout The County guided by our mission of improving quality of life by providing those we serve with access to health care and social services. Our Division’s workforce of nearly 100 employees and appx 250 volunteers are proud to serve over 70% of the County’s residents on an annual basis, and we do this as among our greatest of honors.

Stakeholder engagement, oversight, and transparency are central values of our Division and achieved through a variety of Boards and Councils that include the Sandoval County Health Council, the DWI Task Force, the DWI Planning Council, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Senior Services Advisory Council, and the Pena Blanca Community Center Board.

The Community Services Division is one of the largest within The County and has three primary program areas: Community Health, Prevention and Intervention, and Senior Services. We also operate the Pena Blanca Multigenerational Center and the Sandoval County Ropes Course. In addition, we have also partnered with Watermelon Mountain Ranch to offer our Low-Income Pet Spay and Neuter Program.

Our Community Health Program is based at the Sandoval County Health Commons, which represents a consortium of care provided among Division staff, the State of New Mexico’s Department of Health, and Presbyterian Medical Services. Together, these three entities representing both the public and private sectors and at the state and local level are able to serve the whole person through a wide array of services that include Nutrition, Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, Individual and Family Services, Primary and Behavioral Health Care, and Dental Services.

County staff whom serve through the Health Commons connect residents with health services while screening for eligibility and enrollment into the State’s Medicaid Plan, the County’s Health Care Assistance Program, or The New Mexico Health Exchange. They also provide health outreach services in partnership with relevant providers throughout the community on an ongoing basis

Our Prevention and Intervention Program is based in the old County Courthouse building in The Town of Bernalillo and offers three primary areas of service:

Our Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides rental assistance to our community members struggling with homelessness, behavioral health issues, and other life challenges.

Our Counseling and Prevention Program aims to reduce the incidents of alcohol and substance use while improving public health and safety. Our highly credentialed counselors and professional practitioners offer a variety of both conventional and integrative therapies.

Our Juvenile Services Program works in conjunction with The State of New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department and related partners to provide a continuum of services for youth at risk or involved in delinquent behavior while increasing emphasis on prevention and early intervention.

And our Senior Services Program serves perhaps the most precious among us: our beloved elders for whom without we would not be who we are today. Through these important programs, we want them to know how much they are cherished and revered for their wisdom, their life’s work, and their wit!

The Senior Services Program is based within facilities throughout the County and offers three primary areas of service:

Our Senior Center Services include health and social activities enrichment, educational presentations, relevant referral services, congregate and home delivered nutritious meals, as well as transportation for things like grocery shopping, medical appointments, and Center activities. In addition to the multigenerational Pena Blanca Community Center, Senior Centers are located in the Town of Bernalillo, The Villages of Corrales, Cuba, Placitas, and Jemez Springs, while the Meal Site is based in The City of Rio Rancho. Together, these Centers serve as a centerpiece for healthy social activities and civic engagement.

Our Frail and Elderly Program provides home-based services to our homebound seniors following a non-medical model and includes services such as light housekeeping, caregiver respite, and case management.

And our Senior Volunteer Program follows a national model and includes Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, Retired Senior Volunteers, and the Senior Employment Program. They are an exceptionally inspiring group whom serve as role models to us all!

The Sandoval County Community Services Division is committed to the health and happiness of our treasured community. Health is wealth, and for that, we are rich beyond measure. To learn more about any of our offered programs, please call 771-HLTH (4584). Or to learn about our latest initiative, please click here: Sprouting Sandoval