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El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium

The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium (Consortium) convened to examine the El Paso community behavioral health system in preparation for future service needs and funding trends. Its actions are informed by community leaders and available data including an El Paso County behavioral health system assessment conducted in 2014. Paso del Norte Health Foundation plays a key role as a neutral facilitator for the Consortium. The Consortium is committed to ongoing collaboration where all partners are welcome, empowered, and unified to achieve the ideal behavioral health service and support system. The Ideal Behavioral Health System is:

  • An inclusive collaborative system (including criminal justice, law enforcement, veterans services, juvenile justice, child welfare, schools, homeless providers, health systems);
  • Organized within whatever resources are available at every possible level (policy, program, procedure, and practice);
  • Customer-driven and focused on meeting or exceeding the service and support needs of individuals and families;
  • Person-centered, recovery and resiliency-oriented;
  • Integrated, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and organized from a population health perspective;
  • Set up to meet the needs of individuals and families with complex, co-occurring conditions of all types (mental health, substance abuse, medical, cognitive, housing, legal, parenting, etc.); and
  • Prepared to support individuals and families as they make progress to achieve the happiest, most hopeful, and productive lives they possibly can.

A sound foundation has formed with a great forward momentum to address key areas of need identified in the 2014 El Paso County Behavioral Health System Assessment. With great leadership and collaboration El Paso County is prepared to take the next steps toward developing the finest behavioral health system in the nation. For more information on the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium contact Enrique Mata at

EP Behavioral Health Consortium Brochure

EP BHC Assessment - Final Report

El Paso Community Behavioral Assessment

August 23 Presentation - Rene Hurtado

August 23 Presentation - Stephen Ellsesser

Dr. Andy Keller presentation slides 9/27/16

Program Lead: Enrique Mata

Additional Links

Special Message video from Congressman Beto O’Rourke

El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium Video

Domenici Conference presentations on September 14-15, 2016

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