Desert Hills Staff

Desert Hills of New Mexico provides a full continuum of behavioral health services for children and adolescents ages 5 to 21 who have been struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

All of the treatment programs at Desert Hills are conducted by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, all of whom are specially trained in behavioral and mental health treatment. The treatment team is comprised of the program director, psychiatrists, milieu counselors, nurses, teachers, parent/guardians, and the client. Through the utilization of the wraparound model, parents and guardians drive the treatment for their child.

Treatment teams meet weekly on the more acute units and monthly on the less acute units. All natural and informal supports are encouraged to be a part of the treatment team and facilitate the therapeutic direction that is in the best interest of the child.

The treatment team meetings are held to discuss the progress, or lack of progress, that the child is making, as well as updating the treatment plan and the discharge plan as necessary. During this time, the psychiatrist will update everyone on the medication needs of the child (if applicable). Additionally, the nurse will discuss any pertinent medical issues and the therapist will provide updates about the progress that is being made in individual and family therapy sessions.

Recovery Really Is Possible

Although it was a hard decision to send our child to Desert Hills, I can't thank the staff enough. Our family feels stronger and we understand each other's emotions so much better now.

– Taylo J.