Emergence Health Network, El Paso’s Mental Health Authority, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year.  This milestone offers an opportunity to reflect on a half of a century of advancements in the treatment of individuals with a mental illness or developmental disability 

Through the decades, national and state policies have begun to recognize the ramifications of untreated mental illness.  In El Paso, the past 50 years have seen a tremendous change in services and opportunities with individuals coping with behavioral health issues.  Many clinicians, administrators, advocates and consumers have fought against funding disparities, fear and prejudice in order to create a better system. Our local mental health authority evolved through numerous name changes and operational models until four years ago when El Paso MHMR became Emergence Health Network and ushered a new era for the mental health community in the region 

Emergence continues to expand services through collaboration with pubic officials, educators, law enforcement, the justice system and other health providers.  As more individuals with mental illness stand up and tell their stories, at Emergence it is our responsibility to ensure that those stories serve as inspiration to help those in our community who need it most 

As we look back over 50-year history of community behavioral health services in El Paso, I am awed by not only by the advances in clinical treatment but also in awareness, education and patient centered care. El Paso has made great strides in addressing specialized needs and challenges but there is much work yet to be done. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges and stand fully confident that the EHN team will continue the tremendous work on behalf of those in the community who need it most. 

A golden anniversary is a time to reflect on those whose lives have been touched by Emergence Health Network. Unfortunately is was not too long ago that persons with a mental health diagnosis or intellectual disability lived their lives in the shadow of ignorance and fear. The last fifty years have proven that we as a community have the power to impact the policy and practice of behavioral health and firmly believe that in the next fifty years EHN can bring about yet more lasting impact to those we serve. 

Major Milestones

EHN expanded its newly created Clinical Support Services Division to enhance therapy services for EHN consumers. In 2016, EHN hired an additional 14 licensed professional counselors to the treatment team who are deployed throughout the network to enhance treatment for consumers in need of specialized clinical services. Certified Peer Support Specialists are also part of the division, providing services based on their “lived experience.” CPS’s are an emerging workforce and are a critical component of recovery-oriented mental health systems. To learn more about the Clinical Support Services at EHN click here www.emergencehealthnetwork.org 

Individual Therapy Sessions - 4163
100%
Peer Group Therapy Sessions - 302
55%
Licensed Counselors - 17
15%
Child Therapy Sessions - 336
60%

Studies show that as many as 40 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis are also coping with substance abuse and chemical dependency. In order to address this issue, EHN created a Substance Use Disorder Division. Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDCs) are now working with our clinical team members to provide more comprehensive community services. To learn more go to www.emergnecehealthnetwork.org or www.dshs.texas.gov/sa/OSAR/ 

OSAR Screenings - 503
100%
Addiction Services Sessions - 74
55%

In FY 16, EHN entered an agreement with the County of El Paso to provide behavioral health services at both County Jail Facilities.  EHN now has a team of 36 staff members working around the clock in the jail facilities to meet the needs of this high risk population.  Nearly half of all inmates at these facilities have an identified mental health need, and EHN’s team works to assess every individual admitted in the facilities and provide treatment and services in order to reduce costs and recidivism. To learn more click here www.epcounty.com/sheriff/detentionfacility 

Mental Health Screenings - 9473
100%
Crisis Incidents - 636
75%
Individual Therapy Sessions - 890
80%

 

In El Paso County, there are an estimated 48,000 veterans many of whom need mental health services and many more who benefit from support services. That is why EHN opened the first-of- its- kind Veterans One Stop Center. It was created to help accelerate access to mental health and support programs for area veterans and their families. The services are provided at one centralized location in Northeast El Paso, which is home to the highest concentration of veterans in the community. To learn more about the EHN Veterans One Stop Center click here www.epveteransonestop.org 

Veterans Served - 108
100%
Links to Community Services - 55
45%

 

EHN Emergence Health Network launches innovative new mobile app created to improve access to local mental health services and understanding of mental illnesses. The app is free and easy to use, but most importantly it helps the community identify the signs of mental illness and directs them to the local resources needed to help themselves, help a friend or loved one who may be in crisis. With the touch of one button, residents can be talk to trained mental health care professionals. To learn more about the mobile app and how to download it click here EHN YouTube Channel 

Mental Health and You App Video Views - 226
100%

Team EHN

Fun Facts

592

# of Employees

55

New Positions Created

$27,701,066

Amount EHN Invested in employee salaries and benefits

73.4%

Employees with college degrees

85.2%

Bilingual Employees

76.5%

Employees who graduated from local high school

 

Most attended area high schools

61.4%

Employees born in El Paso

72.9%

Employees with pets

62.9% 

Ruidoso,NM

Team EHN’s favorite area outdoor get-a-way

18

EHN Babies Born

 

Team EHN college diplomas

Administration

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kristen Daugherty, LISW, LCSW, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18806
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Rene Hurtado

Chief Development Officer
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18810
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Roxie Samaniego

Chief Financial Officer
(915)887-3410 ext. 18812
Fax: (195)351-4467

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / DIVERSION SERVICES

Chrystal L. Davis, LPC,MBA

Chief Operating Officer/Diversion Services
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18814
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

Tewiana Norris, DNP, RN

Chief Nursing Officer
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18816
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Rene Navarro, MPA

Chief Compliance Officer
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18818
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / MH SERVICES

Ashley Sandoval

Chief Operating Officer/MH Services
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18821
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

David Puentes

Chief Operating Officer/ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18822
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / ADDICTION SERVICES

David Baquera

Chief Operating Officer/Addiction Services
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18824
Fax: (915) 351-4467

LEGAL COUNSEL

Omar Villa

Legal Counsel(915) 887-3410 ext. 18827
Fax: (915) 351-4467

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Juan R. Gonzalez

Chief Information Officer
(915) 887-3410 ext. 18828
Fax: (915) 351-4467

FY 2016 – TOTAL REVENUE $55.6 million

State –  $21.8 million 
Federal –  $25 million 
County –  $1.3 million 
Hospital District –  $100,000 

*Other –  $7.4 million 

*This includes primarily Fee for Service Revenue i.e. Private Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare.

TOTAL EXPENDITURES $48.1 Million

MH Division –  $9.4 million  
IDD Division –  $10.3 million 
Diversion Division –  $4.7 million 
Other –  $23.7 million 

Demographics 2016

FY 2016 – ETHNICITY

Hispanic –  4104 
White –  3498 
Black –  470 
Asian –  31 
Other –  452 

FY 2016 – GENDER

FY 2016 – AGE

0 – 17 –  2654 
18 – 35 –  3267 
36 – 53 –  2981 
54 – 71 –  1779 
72 – 89 –  190 

90 – 107 –  8 

Locations