New center at NMSU aims to improve behavioral health care in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES Strengthening a comprehensive system of care throughout a state as vast and diverse as New Mexico is no easy task.

But this is the mission of a new institution at New Mexico State University.

The Center for Innovation for Behavioral Health and Wellbeing, or COI, at NMSU may be new, but its roots run deep.

Headquartered in the Division of Family and Consumer Extension Sciences in the Cooperative Extension Service of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at NMSU, the COI aims to provide foundational support to New Mexico children and families as a recognized leader in enhancing the access and capacity of the behavioral health workforce.

Through program implementation, training, and curriculum development, COI provides health care providers, state agencies, and community stakeholders with access to the resources and infrastructure needed to integrate innovative methods and best practices within their communities, said Brock Stanley To, Director of COI.

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