Health & Human Services at Siete del Norte
At Siete del Norte, we take a holistic approach to health and human services. That means that we care for the whole person. Whether they’re an infant, a teenager, or a senior citizen, we know that the body, mind and spirit are all of equal importance. We understand that self-sufficiency and independence are key to an improved quality of life, but we also value the importance and impact of the individual’s community and support system.
Our staff is culturally-literate and familiar with all that makes Northern New Mexico a singular place to live and work, and in all aspects of health and human services we work with the individual’s family as much as possible. If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that life takes teamwork.
In Rio Arriba County, one of state’s poorest areas, we place a special focus on in-home care of vulnerable adults over the age of 18. Home care, which is provided in conjunction with Adult Protective Services as well as other community partners, works to change the landscape and reduce the number of cases of neglect, abuse and exploitation of adults. In-home care also helps to prevent early institutionalization and shines a spotlight on the vital importance of life in one’s own home. Assisted independence in the space adults have made for themselves and their families ensures a continued happier quality of life. Rio Arriba County is unique in our state in that many individuals travel outside the county to work, leaving older adults, those with illness and special needs unattended, vulnerable and alone.
The percentage of elderly residents in higher in Rio Arriba County than elsewhere, which helps the county take the lead in accidental deaths of those who aren’t being properly cared for and supervised. Proper in-home care improves health, well-being and quality of life for not only the individual being cared for, but for their families and loved ones as well. It allows for continued integration with the community in which they live—adhering to our holistic, whole-person focus.
Unfortunately, domestic violence has a presence in every community. There are shelters available for both women and men throughout New Mexico, but as a CPLC affiliate, we want to provide culturally- and linguistically-relevant safe spaces. Many women in New Mexico speak only Spanish, and when it comes to escaping from an abusive situation, it can be a deterrent to leaving an abuser and seeking a safer life for oneself and one’s children. Leaving an abusive situation often also leads to isolation and the loss of support systems, especially when leaving the situation involves leaving the community and moving elsewhere.
At Siete del Norte, we and our community partners work to provide services for those rebuilding their lives after leaving abusive homes, regardless of whether they speak English or Spanish. In keeping with our holistic focus, our network of support includes healthcare, jobs skills training and placement, housing and advocacy support, and youth programs for children and teens who have also been affected by domestic violence. Together, we can rise above domestic violence together.
Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Siete del Norte’s holistic approach to health and human services means that your behavioral health is of the utmost importance to us. We know that healthy minds lead to healthy lives, and that healthy lives enrich the community. New Mexico tops the list of the country’s poorest states, and many residents, especially those in Northern New Mexico counties like Rio Arriba and Taos, don’t have adequate healthcare coverage or the financial means to obtain it, and red tape from insurance companies often means that those who need behavioral healthcare as soon as possible don’t often receive it.
We believe that access to quality behavioral healthcare is something that every New Mexican deserves, regardless of income level and employment status. Along with our community partners, we are proud to bring accessible treatment to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other chronic behavioral health conditions to those who need it most.
Our goal at Siete del Norte is to improve the quality of life not just for children, but for the entire family. Kids don’t come with instructions, and it’s easy to feel isolated, especially if you’re living far away from your support system. Our network of community resources dedicated to improving the lives of both parents and children can become your support system, and together we can work to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect in New Mexico.
From home visits by trained professionals to parenting classes, we help to build resilient families. As a parent, you’re your child’s first and most important teacher and well as their number-one role model. That’s not something to be taken lightly, it’s why we want to give you the tools you need to live a fulfilling and healthy family life. When families thrive, so do communities, and that’s what our state is based upon!
Among the states with the highest number of heroin and opioid addictions and overdoses, New Mexico is often at the very top of the list. The presence of these drugs in our communities often begins with narcotic painkiller prescriptions given out after injuries in the workplace. Its addictive nature often means that once the prescription runs out, that those individuals will continue to seek not only the prescription drug, but street alternatives like heroin, which is most commonly consumed via injection. This practice is dangerous as it leads to the spread of disease, including HIV and AIDS. In addition to the physical risks, the social, emotional, financial and legal repercussions on the individual and his or community are serious.
At Siete del Norte, we understand that when harm reduction options are available, that the community as a whole benefits, in addition to the individual and their loved ones. That’s why we’re partnering with Naciente, LLC to provide access to methadone, a medication that treats opioid addiction and helps those addicted reintegrate with the community and improve the quality of their lives. Methadone allows users to detox from heroin and other opioids gradually, therefore avoiding the painful withdrawal symptoms that keep many addicts away from recovery in the first place.