NMSU will work with a national program called CAPE that collects and analyzes local data to determine best opportunities for addressing behavioral health. This is something many organizations are working on in SNM, and something that PSA believes can be addressed with DIY cloud tools, and local promotores facilitators.
Devall said the CAPE project is a major step in addressing the issue by looking at how information is collected and used.
“Rates of excessive consumption of alcohol, abuse of both illegal and prescription drugs, mental illness, and suicide are much higher in New Mexico than the national average,” Devall said. “We need good data to begin addressing these problems.”