Gov. Lujan Grisham updates public well being order targeted on combating gun violence

Governor additionally publicizes Ben Baker as Senior Public Security Advisor

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an up to date public well being order immediately outlining further measures to fight gun violence in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The governor made the announcement in Albuquerque alongside state legislative management and public security officers Friday.

“I’m going to proceed pushing to make it possible for all of us are utilizing each useful resource obtainable to place an finish to this public well being emergency with the urgency it deserves,” mentioned Gov. Lujan Grisham. “I cannot settle for the established order – sufficient is sufficient.”

Provisions within the up to date public well being order issued Friday embody:

• Eradicating the earlier provision round firearms and changing it with a provision that quickly suspends the carrying of firearms at parks and playgrounds in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

• Directing the New Mexico Division of Corrections and the Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Administration to offer help to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Middle and its contractors to make sure satisfactory staffing, house, and screening for arrested and incarcerated people; supplied that nothing on this provision shall be construed to restrict the authority and accountability of Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Middle in managing its operations.

• Directing all taking part New Mexico Managed Care Organizations to right away make sure that people who want drug or alcohol therapy have obtained a everlasting, satisfactory therapy placement inside 24 hours of the request.

• Directing the New Mexico Human Companies Division to ship related Managed Care Organizations letters of course requiring them to offer their plans to realize continuous behavioral well being community adequacy.

This up to date order clarifies that the limitation of the open/hid carrying of weapons doesn’t apply to parklands managed by the Vitality, Minerals, and Pure Sources Division or State Land Workplace.

“My spouse and I are elevating our two younger youngsters in Albuquerque. I need them – and all New Mexicans – to not solely really feel protected in our communities, but additionally really feel happy with this place we name dwelling,” mentioned Home Speaker Javier Martínez. “Our dedication to those points is deep and it’s private. We won’t let the politics of the day, or the rest, distract us from working collectively – metropolis, county, and state leaders and regulation enforcement – to maneuver ahead actual options that make our communities safer.”

“To deal with the gun violence disaster, we must be taking a look at a large number of points: stopping illicit drug use, decreasing unlawful and all-too-easy accessibility of weapons, violence prevention and intervention applications. We should keep targeted on our continued work on increasing therapy providers and our behavioral well being help community,” mentioned Senate Professional Tem Mimi Stewart. “The adjustments to the well being order immediately will make a constructive distinction. I’m dedicated to working with the governor, my colleagues within the legislature, and this unbelievable workforce the governor has put collectively to make our state protected.”

As a part of the trouble to stem violent crime in New Mexico, Gov. Lujan Grisham has named Ben Baker to the governor’s workers as a Senior Public Security Advisor. Baker has been the Deputy Cupboard Secretary and Interim Legislation Enforcement Academy Director on the Division of Public Security since 2021, and has labored in regulation enforcement since 1997.

“This is a chance for all New Mexico public security professionals from all disciplines – law enforcement officials, prosecutors, probation and parole personnel, corrections, emergency providers and dispatchers – to unite underneath the shared objective of creating our state a safer place to stay,” Baker mentioned. “I’m grateful to the governor for trusting me with this crucial accountability.”

Cick right here to view the up to date well being order.