In 2019, New Mexico launched the RISE Program, which was initiated to address the dearth of behavioral health services in county jails and detention centers across the state; RISE stands for Reach Intervene Support Engage. In addition to therapeutic services inside jail facilities, participating counties are also required to provide intensive case management and community re-entry services. Since 2019, the program has served more than 2,490 participants, according to the state’s Behavioral Health Services Division. Because 10 out of the 14 participating counties are rural, state administrators have emphasized the importance of avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions. “The innovation of this program is allowing each county to tailor the program in a way that works for their community,” said Anita Mesa, who supervises the program. One example is in Sierra County, New Mexico: Through the Olive Tree Creative Arts and Community Center, clients get help with accessing food, state documentation, and housing resources. In 2020, the Olive Tree started a transitional housing program for clients getting out of jail, where they can stay while applying for public or private housing.

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