ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s mental health system is troubled by a shortage of professionals, inadequate information about services and a bad call in 2013, experts said Wednesday.

A conference titled “Transforming Behavioral Health in New Mexico” at Isleta Resort & Casino addressed those and other issues facing mental health care in this state. About 100 people attended the opening sessions of the two-day conference and more observed online. The conference is put on by New Mexico First, a nonprofit public policy group.

One topic that came up repeatedly involved the importance of peer support and peer counselors — people who have been through mental health and substance abuse challenges and with whom patients might identify. Some at the conference said these individuals can play a role in filling the shortage of mental health practitioners.

Recommended for you