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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is introducing its PATH program, designed to help people facing drug problems. The Providing Addiction Treatment and Health, or PATH, program offers addiction treatment coupons for those who cannot afford it.
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“Substance abuse is a widespread problem in our city and people who are not insured cannot cover costs to cover costs,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a press release. “I want to remind everyone who is faced with the choice of getting help and paying for rent or food that the PATH program is there for you.”
According to a press release from the city of Albuquerque, the city restarted the PATH program following the mayor’s proclamation declaring Mental Health Month in May. Short videos highlighting the program can be seen on the city’s family and community services Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The city is also working to set up its security department for the Albuquerque community. This gives a non-political response to calls asking someone needing mental health or substance abuse help.
The city reports that ACS will include trained professionals such as social workers, specialists in housing and homelessness, experts in violence prevention and distraction programs. The department offers 911 shipping with an option where a community security response is more appropriate than that of a firefighter, paramedic, or armed police officer.
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For more information on PATH, see cabq.gov/thepath. There are prerequisites for receiving a voucher. However, anyone in need of treatment can turn to city-funded service providers and offer the next steps.
Anyone in an immediate crisis or having thoughts of suicide is encouraged to contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-784-2433 or the US National Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately.