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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Altamirano
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-1-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Grant County Monitored Detox Program
SB 667
ANALYST Collard
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$750.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 667 appropriates $750 thousand from the general fund to DOH for the purpose of
contracting for a medically monitored detoxification program for Grant County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $750 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the
general fund.
DOH notes, as this appropriation is specific to Behavioral Health Services, the resources would
be appropriated and managed through the Behavioral Health Collaborative process.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DOH indicates the Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative is charged with overseeing pub-
licly funded behavioral health services. Existing appropriations for substance abuse and mental
health services are provided through a contract with ValueOptions New Mexico.
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Though Grant County does not rank among the top 10 counties in New Mexico for drug- and
alcohol-related deaths, Grant County ranked second in the state for alcohol- and drug-related
hospitalizations from 2000-2002 (1,162 hospitalizations per 100,000) and fifth for state-funded
drug abuse treatment admission rates from 2001-2003.
Specifically, Grant County ranked eighth in the state for deaths from alcohol-related motor vehi-
cle crash (9 per 100,000) and twelfth for alcohol-related injury death (26 per 100,000) from
1999-2003. As noted, Grant County had relatively low rates from alcohol-related chronic disease
death (31 per 100,000 compared to a state rate of 33 per 100,000), alcohol-related chronic liver
disease death (11 per 100,000 compared to a state rate of 14 per 100,000) and drug-related death
(11 per 100,000 compared to a state rate of 16 per 100,000), compared to the rest of the state dur-
ing the same time period. From 2002-2004 however, analysis of medical examiner data
found that Grant County ranked 5th in the state for drug overdose death, with a rate of 21 deaths
per 100,000, showing an increase from previous years.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DOH staff would administer and monitor the detoxification program through the Behavioral
Health Collaborative and its agent, ValueOptions.
KBC/yr