With Tri-County ‘essentially done,’ Valle del Sol steps into void

Shuttering organization's CEO resigns; tens of thousands in liens filed

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 8/21/18

Valle del Sol of New Mexico, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider with an office in Taos, will be taking over some of the programs previously offered by Tri-County Community …

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With Tri-County ‘essentially done,’ Valle del Sol steps into void

Shuttering organization's CEO resigns; tens of thousands in liens filed

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Valle del Sol of New Mexico, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider with an office in Taos, will be taking over some of the programs previously offered by Tri-County Community Services.

Tri-County, Taos County's primary behavioral health organization that helped locals with issues like depression and substance abuse, announced Aug. 9 it would close by the end of the month. But with the resignation of the organization’s CEO Monday (Aug. 20) and staff going without their last paycheck, Tri-County is “essentially done,” said Taos County Manager Leandro Cordova during a Tuesday (Aug. 21) commission meeting.

Valle del Sol, which has eight offices throughout New Mexico and is the only other “core service agency” in Taos County, will likely be able to step up and provide the key services for people dealing with substance abuse and recovery, Cordova said.

Among those services are Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation, approaches to behavioral healthcare that rely on teams of professionals and 24/7 access to support.

John Hutchinson, the site manager of the Genoa pharmacy located within Tri-County, told The Taos News his organization is a separate entity and will therefore remain open, regardless of the Tri-County transition. Other local providers may be taking over other Tri-County programs, though those details were not immediately available.

On Monday (Aug. 20), the local Valle del Sol office directed The Taos News’ questions about the transition to its executive director Renee Edwards, who has not yet returned phones calls.

This isn't the first time Arizona-based Valle del Sol stepped in to fill a behavioral health gap in Taos County. The company took over Agave clients in 2016;  it announced a year later it was leaving the state, but later struck a deal with Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to stay. 

Valle del Sol also was one of the Arizona companies chosen by the state to take over services for Teambuilders Counseling and Easter Seals/El Mirador, along with 13 other behavioral health providers accused in 2013 of fraud by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.  

All 15 were later cleared of fraud related allegations.

This is a developing story that will be updated as information is available. See the Aug. 23 edition of The Taos News for more on this story.

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