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Behavioral Health Services for Children at Risk


High Desert Family Services (HDFS) provides services for seriously emotional children and adolescents from troubled families, institutions and other settings under the New Mexico Interagency Behavioral Health Collaborative Purchasing Program administered by Optum Health New Mexico.


Treatment Foster Care

The program provides youth ages 3-18, suffering from severe emotional or behavior disorders, with 24-hour supervision, ongoing individual and family therapy, case coordination, and medication management in a warm family environment. High Desert's treatment families are highly skilled and undergo a vigorous training program prior to being approved for licensure. Treatment Foster Care is a community alternative to residential treatment facilities and impatient hospitalization. The goal is to provide an active treatment environment while preparing children for return to their family or for transition to the least restrictive appropriate setting. The length of the program is typically 6-9 months.

 If you or someone you know might be interest in becoming a licensed treatment parent, visit our Employment section.



Residential Services

Medication Evaluation and Management: Psychiatric assessments and ongoing medication management is provided by a licensed psychiatrist.
    Individual, Group, and Family Therapy: Licensed therapists utilize client centered, solution oriented, approaches/techniques to assist individuals and families to change behaviors, feelings, thoughts, or habits and relieve symptoms of emotional or behavioral distress.  
        For Questions or to Make a Referral,
Contact our Intake Coordinator at:
Tel: (505) 823-4530

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