Reader View: Here’s to meaningful behavioral health reform

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 7:00 pm The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View By Pam Field I have been doing a lot of thinking on why I think New Mexico missed out on an opportunity for meaningful mental health care reform after agencies came under investigation for potential fraud, causing Medicaid dollars to be … Continue reading Reader View: Here’s to meaningful behavioral health reform

Mental health treatment often in jails, not hospitals

Pamela Field 3:16 p.m. MST December 3, 2015 It looks like the mental health needs of Las Cruces and southern New Mexico are being taken much more seriously than even a year ago, when I moved away. There’s more public discussion and the politicians are making public statements. Part of the focus is on whether … Continue reading Mental health treatment often in jails, not hospitals

Reader View: Solitary confinement cruel punishment

By Chrysa Wikstrom | Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 9:00 pm  Reader View: Solitary confinement cruel punishment Chrysa Wikstrom Imagine yourself in a concrete cell, 6 feet by 9 feet, with no natural light, only a buzzing fluorescent above you. Now imagine living in that cell 23 hours a day, 365 days a year, for … Continue reading Reader View: Solitary confinement cruel punishment

Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown

By Adam Geller The Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:05 pm Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney talks to an inmate in an isolation cell Tuesday at the jail in Madison, Wis. At the Dane County Jail, inmates with serious mental illnesses are routinely kept … Continue reading Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown

Advocate Receives Award

Molina Healthcare recognizes resident Posted:   01/01/2013 01:00:00 AM MST BY THE LAS CRUCES SUN NEWS Molina Healthcare of New Mexico recently recognized six community heroes at its fourth annual Community Champions Awards, including Ron Gurley, a mental health advocate from Las Cruces. The ceremony was held in Albuquerque and included a traditional blessing by … Continue reading Advocate Receives Award

For mentally ill, words can do damage

By Pamela Field / For the Sun-News Posted:   09/10/2012 12:17:56 AM MDT We need to get rid of the “D” word.Deranged that is. Usually everyone has an opinion about what might cause “lone shooter killings.” And words like wackjob, deranged, nutcase start appearing. Consider the article in the Albuquerque Journal, July 28, 2012 by … Continue reading For mentally ill, words can do damage

Minds Interrupted – live theater

Date: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 9:40 PM Pamela Field is president of NAMI-DAC (The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County affiliate), is a psychiatric nurse and has a son who has schizophrenia. May is mental health month. “We care about the mentally ill in this community,” said Brenda Viloria, Director of Nursing at … Continue reading Minds Interrupted – live theater

Take Stigma Out of Mental Illness

An article excerpt from the Albuquerque Journal published in May 2011 and written by Desiree Wooldland, a North Valley resident, entitled Take Stigma Out of Mental Illness, was eye catching and worth sharing: Desiree Woodland is a retired teacher who worked for both Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools. “I didn’t know. Or … Continue reading Take Stigma Out of Mental Illness