By Mary McPhail Gray
“Everything changes,” declared Angela Sisneros in describing the impact she has seen Comprehensive Community Support Service (CCSS) has on clients at Taos Behavior Health. “They come in with a smile on their face, they are much more apt to talk to others in the waiting room, and they readily make additional appointments. It is so different than when they first come in feeling negative and worried.”
Taos Behavioral Health now has four employees who are fully certified in CCSS, and six others in the process of being certified. The CCSS provides clients who are eligible for full Medicaid benefits with a path to self-sufficiency and more successful participation in the community.
Sisneros has been certified for a number of years through her education and participation in various behavioral health positions in Taos. From a multi-generation Taos family, Sisneros was a single parent who knew she wanted to help others—initially with a goal of being an educator. Her work at UNM-Taos began to emphasize alcohol and substance abuse treatment and intervention in abusive situations. She found those topics compelling and following her completion of an associate degree she took a position at Taos Detox. [Read more…] about Open for Business: Comprehensive Community Support Service!