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HOY Recovery Approved To Expand
ESPAÑOLA – HOY Recovery provides essential inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to address our region’s critical substance abuse challenges, and after more than a year of wrangling with the State, Rio Arriba County finally received approval to use State funds to expand the facility. The New Mexico State Board of Finance approved the five year lease between Rio Arriba County and HOY Recovery Program, LLC at its regular monthly meeting held July 21 at the State Capitol. “Once we address a few minor contingent measures we should be able to move forward with a much needed capital investment in the property,” explained Rio Arriba County Economic Development Director, Christopher Madrid.
Rio Arriba County Commissioner Alex Naranjo noted, “As a Judge I directly witnessed all too often the devastating impact this horrible disease has on our families and our community. We have to do more than talk about the problem. We must invest in the solution. I commend our staff in moving this project forward. The Commission has made it clear that substance abuse will remain a major priority for the County.”
Deputy County Manager, David Trujillo, who started his professional career from this very service sector, emphasized that “receiving final approval for this project to move forward is huge. This will further enhance our efforts towards improving the campus, ensuring that we can adequately serve our county residents as part of our overall continuum of care.”
“HOY Recovery is going to be able to serve more consumers living in Rio Arriba County and surrounding areas suffering from drug addiction. While we serve the region, we have worked closely with the County Health and Humans Services Department to set up a methodology to prioritize County residents,” explained HOY CEO Ambrose Baros. With these investments the County understands that HOY Recovery will be able to expand their inpatient service capacity by nearly 33 percent in addition to improving essential infrastructure needs.
“This critical decision represents a huge step forward,” stated County Health and Human Services director Lauren Reichelt who was involved in raising the funds to purchase and renovate the Velarde facility currently occupied by Hoy. “Our Commissioners and Ambrose are building on past investment and creating a sound service delivery system.”
Rio Arriba County secured funding through the state legislative process and wishes to recognize the following key sponsors: Senators Richard Martinez, Carlos Cisneros, Benny Shendo, and Pete Campos along with Representatives Nick Salazar, Debbie Rodella, Carl Trujillo and Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales. Former US Senator Jeff Bingaman was a champion of the initial federal appropriation enabling the purchase of the facility.