About New Mexico Bridge

New Mexico Bridge is a New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division initiative.

The New Mexico Bridge Project is a state-funded initiative which seeks to support hospital-based EDs across the state in establishing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for opioid use disorder in the acute setting (ED, hospital) with a bridge to community partners to continue treatment (medication and therapy).

This project is led by experts at the University of New Mexico and Presbyterian Health System and under the guidance of New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services, to expand access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder in the acute care setting, with a focus on hospital emergency departments.

 The New Mexico Bridge Project is based on an Implementation Team which is comprised of addiction trained specialists, nursing educators, billing expertise, and grants support. Our team works collaboratively with hospital and ED leaders to establish a state-funded budget to support the project, develop an implementation plan, establish protocols, provide education (e.g., X-Waivers, stigma/harm reduction training, nursing-specific training), and support the hospital and ED leaders every step of the way. Through the NM Poison Center, we also offer 24/7 addiction medicine telephone support in which you can contact an addiction specialist with clinical or technical questions.

Meet Our Implementation Team

Brandon Warrick

Brandon Warrick, MD

Director for Statewide Infrastructure Development; Co-Director of Clinical Implementation

Snehal Bhatt


Director of Nursing Education

Donald Hume

Peer Support Specialist


Director of Clinical Implementation; Co-Director for Statewide Infrastructure Development

James Cotton, MD

Engagement and Dissemination Director

Julie Salvador, PhD

Principal Investigator; Project Director

Leslie Hayes, MD

Clinical Director of Women’s Health and Obstetrical Care

Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen MD, MSc

Co-Engagement and Dissemination Director

Rachel Abeyta, BFA

Program Coordinator

Sally Wait, BSN

Director of Community Outreach

Snehal Bhatt

Snehal Bhatt, MD

Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Integration and Education

  NM Bridge Media & Press

 National Recognition

National Governors Association​  August 2023

“Implementing Best Practices Across the Continuum of Care to Prevent Overdose: A Roadmap for Governors” (pg.60)

Webinar Presentation

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration  June 2023

Article Publication

ACEP Now: The Official Voice of Emergency Medicine  March 2023 | Vo. 42 | No. 3

“The New Mexico Bridge Program: Implementation of medication for opioid use disorder in rural emergency departments” (pg.6-7)