April 14, 2018
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

NAADAC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) joined forces with the Behavioral Health Service Division of New Mexico to reach out to build awareness and educate high school and college/university students about the benefits and opportunities in the substance use and mental health disorder professions in the hope of increasing the number of college/university students choosing to enter the behavioral health field and specializing in these disciplines. Other partners included the New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), New Mexico State University (NMSU), Western New Mexico University (WNMU), Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell (ENMUR), University of New Mexico (UNM), Behavioral Health Service Division of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Area Health Education Centers.

The New Mexico SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forum focused on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines that deliver not only a fulfilling life of helping others, but the opportunity for advancement and creativity.  In addition, students learned about New Mexico's workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities.  Finally, on-site students visited with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities. 


Please contact Martha "Molly" Faulkner, PhD, APRN, LCSW at 505.239.8256 or [email protected].