STARS Drop-in Program
Social Transition and Resource Services
Cross-staffed and interdisciplinary teams offer a range of individual and group services throughout the week. Drop-in center offers coffee, food, referrals, and other forms of individual, group, and psychosocial support. The social services team is based at the drop-in office, but works throughout AHCH program sites. The STARS team of professionals provide short-term assessments and long-term case management for people experiencing homelessness who are struggling with severe mental health and/or substance use disorders, as well as other disabilities.
For the STARS weekly schedule, please go to STARS Schedule.
Re-Entry Collaborative (REC)
Established in 2009, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless’ (AHCH) Re-Entry Collaborative (REC) is designed to reduce human suffering in Bernalillo County residents who are opiate addicted, without homes, and recently released from incarceration, and to reduce the societal damage and systems costs that result from crime and rearrest/conviction that occur in the event of a relapse, including reduced overdose deaths.
REC is an integrated primary care and social services treatment model, including a) opiate replacement therapy using Suboxone, b) enhanced services through Care Coordination, c) Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing for individual risk reduction, including overdose prevention training and Narcan distribution, d) Housing First philosophy for ending homelessness, e) substance abuse treatment group, f) Trauma Informed Care, and g) collaborative model for Systems Integration and Enhancement.
Street, camp, shelter, and other outreach. In order to reach and offer more comprehensive services to most out-of-service individuals, and especially to those struggling with behavioral health disorders, outreach activities incorporate staff from partner organizations.
Counseling and Therapy
A clinical team of licensed counselors is also integrated and available across AHCH programs and offers appropriate counseling and therapy to clients.
Harm Reduction Outreach
Extensive street outreach to targeted populations such as sex workers, intravenous drug users, Native Americans, and women; outreach to motels, shelters, and the county detention center; auricular acupuncture detox; peer educators; HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease prevention and education, including syringe exchange, testing, and referrals.
For a city-wide schedule of syringe exchanges, please go to Syringe Exchange Schedule
Click here for Harm Reduction Outreach Services Schedule
For a comprehensive schedule of organization-wide outreach, click here.
AHCH’s Harm Reduction Outreach Program is made possible, in part by the New Mexico Department of Health, HIV Prevention Program with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NM Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Program, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and other private contributions.