Valle del Sol in Taos set to close at month's end

Second behavioral health group to close in less than four months

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Updated Dec. 14 at 7:35 p.m.

Employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Valle del Sol, one of the only behavioral health providers remaining in Taos, is set to close at month's end.

They said news of the closure came during a staff meeting on Thursday (Dec. 13).

In a phone call with The Taos News Thursday evening, executive director Renee Edwards said the office has struggled to renew its business license, which will expire Dec. 31, but is working in conjunction with town manager Rick Bellis to keep it open.

"If we don't have a valid license to operate then we'll have to find other options for the clients in the town of Taos," Edwards said.

She explained that members of the neighborhood where Valle currently operates on Don Fernando Street, which is also the home of Enos Garcia Elementary School just across the road, have been unhappy with the behavioral health organization's presence since it absorbed hundreds of patients and several employeees from Tri-County Community Services earlier this year.

Tri-County closed in August after a history of financial problems came to a head, prompting a shut down that left many former employees without their final paychecks, and sending many patients over to Valle del Sol.

Edwards suspects the office's business license hasn't been renewed due to complaints submitted to the town of Taos by their neighbors. Some of them feel that a clinic that serves patients with severe behavioral health disorders shouldn't be located across the street from a school that educates children as young as 5 years old.

She and members of the Enos Garcia Parent-Teacher Association did discuss one possible solution at an Oct. 29 meeting; that Valle move to the location of the shuttered Taos detox center on Weimer Road, while Enos would open a needed head-start program in Valle's current space across the street.

But with time running out, Edwards said it looks as if their current location will likely have to shut down. She assured The Taos News, however, that none of their local employees would be laid off. Instead, she said, they would migrate to their office in Española, roughly a one-hour drive south.

As for the many patients who have already been moved once this year, Edwards said they would continue to receive services in their homes.

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