A Letter From The CEO

Meet Brock Wolff, the CEO of Desert Hills of New Mexico.

In June of this year, I had the privilege of becoming the CEO of Desert Hills.  I have spent the prior 25 years of my career leading children’s mental health organizations throughout the country.  Most recently I was the CEO of a large organization centered in Minnesota.  So far, I have enjoyed the weather here much more.

I recognize that it is a great responsibility to be entrusted with the care of children and young adults who are in desperate need of services.  It is a responsibility that I and the entire staff at Desert Hills, take extremely seriously.

Since 1990, Desert Hills has been a pillar of excellence in serving the youth of New Mexico. Although in 2017, we experienced some difficulties that forced us to take a good look in the mirror.  In the year that has followed we chose to invest over a million dollars in facility upgrades, staff training and new program development. Desert Hills has since enhanced its quality as we further develop our continuum of evidence-based and best practice interventions. We are helping the youth we serve to achieve the best possible outcomes and to lead healthier lives.

The number youth and families experiencing significant disruption due to mental illness has grown dramatically in recent years, and the problems more and more complex.  Everywhere I have gone throughout this amazing state, people have told me: “New Mexico needs a healthy Desert Hills.”  We are excited to tell everyone we encounter, that not only is Desert Hills healthy, but we are thriving!

Our over 300 employees are really what sets us apart.  We now have four board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists serving our youth, led by our dynamic new medical Director, Dr. Gabe Monthan.  We are blessed to have leadership and administrative teams here which are fully committed to our mission.  Our on-campus school program is second to none and we have top notch therapists and nurses working around the clock.  I could not say enough about the dedicated direct care staff who help us change lives for the better each and every day.

We recently set out an audacious long-term goal which now serves as our guide star as we move ahead:

* GUIDESTAR: “We will become the Mayo Clinic of the Southwest for youth with serious mental health issues.”

The Mayo clinic is in Rochester Minnesota and has, for many years, maintained a reputation as providing the best medical care in the world.   They do this by getting the best results.  While we recognize we have a long way to go to achieve this type of reputation, we are laying the ground work to one day achieve this objective.  We have instituted initiatives to ensure that the care we provide is trauma informed, family involved, individualized, holistic, and culturally sensitive.

We are working to have a more active role in the communities we serve and to help give a voice to the children in the state with our elected officials.  We want to work with our partners in this field to help provide a full array of services for the youth of our state in order to give them what they need, not just what we have.   We want to positively impact children’s lives every day.  This will lead to healthier families and in the end stronger communities.

As we set our sights on 2019 and beyond, we could not be more excited on the direction we are heading.  We look forward to serving you and our communities for many years to come.

Recovery Really Is Possible

I never imagined I could live my life outside the constraints of my bipolar disease.  After my incredible stay at Desert Hills, I know I'm capable of overcoming my mental illness.

– Chrissy S.