Center of Innovation For Behavioral Health and Wellbeing

Core Programs and Trainings

The Center of Innovation coordinates the following programs in collaboration with the State of New Mexico. Please visit our external partner training page for our full training and event calendar and more information on our programs. Visit Center of Innovation Training Site

High-Fidelity Wraparound - Provides intensive care coordination for children, youth and their families with complex behavioral health needs. The Center of Innovation oversees all training and certification tracking, provider implementation and technical assistance for the State of New Mexico’s Wraparound Program.

Family Peer Support - assists parents and primary caregivers who need support and guidance in how to access and engage with these systems. Families benefit from the support of a trained and certified Family Peer Support Worker (CFPSW) who has lived experience parenting a child, youth, or young adult with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. The Center of Innovation oversees all training and certification tracking for the Family Peer Support Program.

Youth Peer Support - A community-based program that employs young people, who have successfully navigated life's challenges, to promote belonging, hope, and shared power within the community as a Youth Peer Support Worker (YPSW). The Center of Innovation oversees all training and certification tracking for the Youth Peer Support Program.

Youth Support Services (YSS) - Life Skills Coaching for youth supplements or enhances formal and natural supports and promotes resilience. The program is youth driven, designed to empower, and starts with basic skills, leading eventually to mastery. The Center of Innovation developed customized curriculum to train YSS Life Skills Coaches and provides the training to identified YSS agencies.

Quality Service Review (QSR) - A case-based review of practice, results, and working conditions used to both evaluate and stimulate practice development through the Action Learning process. QSR looks at individual consumers who are currently receiving agency services and identifies both strengths and areas for improvement in the agency’s practice. The Center of Innovation trains and certifies qualified individuals to conduct reviews and coordinates the ongoing reviews of New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers and State of New Mexico system partners.

Nurtured Heart Approach - The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is a relationship-based model that consists of 3 Stands™: Absolute No, Absolute Yes, and Absolute Clarity. The approach aims to build Inner Wealth ™ and resiliency and can be used in a variety of settings including 1 on 1 work with children, in parenting groups and at an organizational level as a supervision approach. The Center of Innovation provides NHA training to the community on a regular basis and also supports the State of New Mexico’s implementation of the NHA throughout the System of Care.

Infant Mental Health, Child Parent Psychotherapy - An evidence-based intervention model implemented by highly trained clinician to ameliorate the transmission of intergenerational trauma between parents and infants. The Center of Innovation coordinates all training and certification tracking for the Infant Mental Health Program.

Children’s Law Institute (CLI) - *A statewide, multi-disciplinary conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Over more than twenty-five years, it has grown from a small gathering of lawyers to an event attracting over 1,000 educators, child welfare workers, judges, lawyers, juvenile justice personnel, advocates, resource families, young people, lawmakers, and others. Visit the CLI page for more info on the annual conference. Visit

Training and Support

In addition to core programs highlighted above the Center of Innovation offers training and support to the New Mexico Behavioral Health community and the wider public on the following topics:

  • Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Practice Self-Regulation
  • Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA)
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool (CSE-IT)
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
  • Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
  • Cultural and Linguistic Humility
  • Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents
  • Mobile Crisis Response for youth
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Respite Care