Child Sexual Abuse

A new resource has been made available by one of our long time supporters and regular trainer/presenters, Alisha Hawthorne-Martinez addressing child sexual abuse. Alisha was recently featured in an article by James Fenton of the Farmington Daily Times:

“When Alisha Hawthorne-Martinez went looking for child- and family-friendly literature to help her clients find solutions to sexual abuse, the 32-year-old clinical social worker said she became frustrated with the lack of quality titles available."

So Hawthorne-Martinez began writing one herself. The result is This Is My Body and It Belongs To Me a 32-page book she self-published last month. It is available in paperback from ($15.99) and as an e-book at ($3.99).

Information and Referral Specialists at the Autism Programs

  • Access autism specific resources individualized to meet the needs of the individual or family.
  • Assist in “navigating the system” and support the family in how to access services.
  • Research to find other solutions if there are no apparent services available.
  • Listen to individuals with ASD and their families, identify gaps, and work with state partners to remedy situations and build capacity.
  • Refer to programs within the Autism Programs, specific to the age and needs of the individual (most programs are no cost to families).
  • Refer to other programs in the community that serve individuals with ASD and their families.
  • Refer to programs within the Center for Development and Disability.
  • Contact the Specialists at 505-272-1852 or 800-270-1861.

Americans Together: Community Dialogue in a Divided World

The last several election cycles have seen increasing polarization within the American political landscape: Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative, red and blue. During the last election the anger and hurtfulness associated with this split reached a level that shocked and disturbed many people. Many clinicians report families and friendships torn apart by the distrust and anger generated by the election. To help bridge these divides Leadership San Juan will sponsor a series of structured community dialogues to help our community talk in a safe way about the issues that concern us. There will be two sessions - one in April and one in May. Each session will meet for three consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. Dates of the sessions are April 13,20 and 27 and May 4,11 and 18. The program is free but you must register in advance as space is limited. You may register by going to or by contacting Laura Marshall at or Liesl Dees at

How to Survive Suicidal Thoughts

Arming ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities with information is the first step in helping people overcome suicidal thoughts. These resources provide hope and help in thoughtful, inspiring ways.Here are excellent "How to Survive Suicidal Thoughts suicide resources from this extremely helpful website. .

How to Survive Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal Thoughts or Threats - Topic Overview

Could my teen be suicidal?

Surviving Your Child's Suicide: Finding Peace After Tragedy

Help and Guidance For Veterans Seeking Help for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Promoting Mental Health at Home

A Guide for Desperate Times: How to Stop Living Out of Your Car

Basic life skills resources available

How to Optimize Your Home for Healthy, Stress-free Living