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Our next monthly meeting will be on Weds July 11th at the Harwood Art Center (7th and Mountain).  The meeting will begin at 6:30 with event planning for the year, followed by our regular meeting at 7:30. All are encouraged to attend -we’d love your feedback!

0618 DNA Agenda June 2018

Hello Neighbors,

The next City Council meeting is Monday, June 4 at 5:00 pm in the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall:  Agenda.
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June and July is a great time to check our BernCo Open Space properties on a geocache hunt, picnic or afternoon stroll. Also, we will continue to offer Family Fun Days every Sunday and are kicking off a new series on Wednesday, Sense of Place and Time. Check out the news and events below:

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JUNE 2018 NM History & Culture Opportunities abound:
THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
www.albuqhistsoc.org
& THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NM
www.hsnm.org
Encourage your participation in the following history & cultural events:
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Hello Neighborhood Association Leaders!

 My name is Wendy Luck and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games!

I was directed to you and your organization by Gary Jones of the Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management and Dalaina Carmona of the Office of Neighborhood Coordination. Both Gary & Dalaina recommended the Neighborhood Associations very highly as a source for volunteers to assist with this year’s games!

The New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games is happening in ABQ July 18-22nd and we anticipate 1200 athletes aged 50+!  Whether you want to compete or volunteer (or both) we would love to have you be a part of NMSO’s 40th Year Anniversary.

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County Seeks Qualified Professionals to Renovate Future Home at Alvarado Square

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County is working toward relocating the majority of its administrative offices to Alvarado Square, but before that can happen, the building has to be renovated to meet customer service needs and to accommodate about 900 employees who will be relocating to make the day-to-day operations of county government more efficient.

The county is in the process of hiring a design-build team for the renovation project. The county’s Procurement & Business Service Department is advertising the solicitation for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase of the two-part best value design//build selection process. The RFQ defines the scope and lists the qualifications required to submit a proposal.

Purchasing Alvarado Square is about reducing Bernalillo County’s physical and financial footprint.   Interior renovation and consolidating employees from several locations is a huge undertaking and we have to get it right by evaluating potential designers and contractors to make sure they’re appropriately qualified to assist the county,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

The Request for Qualifications will be advertised for about 6 weeks; an internal team will review the proposals and select three design/build teams that meet the project qualifications. In August, the county will advertise the RFP – Request for Proposal, and all three pre-qualified offerors will formally submit their proposals to do the work, from start to finish.

The renovations will include reconstructing the first floor of Alvarado Square to create a state-of-the art one-stop customer service center; implement major energy efficiency improvements; extensive mechanical and plumbing upgrades; reconfiguring office space to accommodate modern cubicle work stations; and constructing a separate 250-seat chambers for County Commission meetings adjacent to the main Alvarado Square administrative building.

The chambers would also be available for various county boards and commissions, as well as for the community to use.

The goal is to start moving employees into the renovated building in December 2020.

For the past year, the county has been working with a team of professional consultants to further assess customer service needs, available space, and mechanical repairs and upgrade requirements, which changed the cost of the project from $36.2 million to $48.4 million.

The increase is primarily attributed to the recommendation to replace instead of repair essential plumbing and mechanical equipment because it’s more cost effective; the need for a larger customer service area, and a more appropriate public space to accommodate the commission chambers.

The funding to purchase, renovate and equip Alvarado Square will come from the issuance of $37.5 million of gross receipt tax revenue bonds, county savings, selling some existing county facilities, and a proposed $3.5 million in  general obligation bonds to offset the $4.5 million needed to cover the cost for new commission chambers. A bond question regarding the chambers will appear on the November 2018 general election ballot.

The county has identified five office buildings that will be appraised for sale or other revenue-generating purposes, closer to the completion of the Alvarado Square renovation.

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Last day to request an Absentee Ballot is Friday June 1st

Bernalillo County – County Clerk Linda Stover wants to remind voters the last day to request an Absentee Ballot and the last day for our office to mail all requested Absentee Ballots is Friday June 1st.

To request an absentee ballot, request online at nmvote.org, or call 243-VOTE (8683).

You can find the early voting locations here: http://www.bernco.gov/clerk/early-voting-locations.aspx

You must be a registered Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian to vote in the Primary Election.   To learn more about the 2018 Primary Election, visit us atbernco.gov/clerk.

Resource Re-entry Center: Thousands of Released Inmates to Benefit from Re-entry Support Every Year

Ribbon-cutting for the newest Behavioral Health Initiative project, designed to decrease recidivism

Bernalillo County, NM – Today, Bernalillo County leaders officially opened the county’s new Resource Re-entry Center [RRC], a first stop for individuals released from the Metropolitan Detention Center as they reintegrate into the community.  The RRC will help former offenders navigate the transition from jail to society by offering access to the services and support they may need to stabilize, stay healthy, regain self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of recidivism.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, remarked that the new center builds on the county’s commitment to using evidence-based strategies to promote public safety.  “We know that people living with mental illness and substance use disorders need immediate help when they leave our jail. Without appropriate healthcare and support, they often return to the same circumstances that led to their arrests and end up back in the criminal justice system. Linking them to medical, behavioral health, case management, and community services can help break the cycle of recidivism, lead to long-term stability, and make our community safer.”

The Resource Re-entry Center along with their transition planners and navigators, provided by UNM Hospital, will connect people to temporary shelter, housing, food, medication management, assistance finding employment, and drug rehabilitation services. The UNMH transition planners and navigators will start working with the inmates while they’re still at MDC and continue their work at the RRC. Based on an analysis of MDC, it’s expected that approximately 21,000 individuals will be eligible to utilize the center each year.

Other programs, designed to help former inmates remain stable after they’ve been released include the Methadone Maintenance Program, Narcan Training and Distribution, and the new on-site Pharmacist who can provide inmates with 14 days’ worth of their prescription upon release.

“Too often, individuals discharge from jail are immediately confronted with homelessness, addiction, untreated mental illness and other challenges that frequently result in additional incarcerations. However, being discharged from jail, can operate as an effective front door for thousands who are in need of behavioral health services,” said Bernalillo County Commission Chair Steven Michael Quezada.

As is the case with all the Behavioral Health Initiative programs, this program and center was developed based on national, evidence-based practices, to impact the behavioral health care continuum, public safety, homelessness, the judicial system, and emergency rooms.

The RRC, located in downtown Albuquerque, will start receiving clients in June (2018) and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Renovations for the center cost about $800,000, the Behavioral Health tax will fund the operational budget of $1 million each year.

Together, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are strategically leveraging resources and making decisions with community member and stakeholder inputs through the Behavioral Health Initiative. This endeavor creates a model for improving behavioral health outcomes that could be replicated across the country. For more information about BHI click here.

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