Bernalillo County officials are planning to use $100,000 to help asylum seekers. The money is coming from behavioral health tax revenues.
Officials say this financial plan involves funding services, classes, and resources for young asylum seekers and their parents which will be an expansion of the Adverse Childhood Experiences contract. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Bernalillo County currently collects around $21 million a year in a behavioral health care tax that was approved by voters in 2014.
The result of the tax was the “Behavioral Health Initiative” that gave way to 19 programs. According to the county, PB&J Family Services which is a local nonprofit that has an existing contract will work with asylum seekers under the $100,000.
This money is in addition to the $250,000 approved by the Albuquerque City Council this week.