• Dr. Peter Sangra named Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa Jan 11, 2021

    Each year America's Best Doctors and the syndicated national outlets feature a special edition highlighting the accomplishments of physicians to help advance opportunity and advocacy within the medical profession.

    Peak Behavioral's Child and Adolescent Medical Director, Dr. Peter Sangra has been awarded Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa for 2020.

    An esteemed professional in the field of child & adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Sangra is responsible for diagnosing, treating and preventing mental disorders in children, adolescents, and helping families through the process.

    "You are like an angel that helped us believe in miracles" said the parent of one of Dr. Sangra's patients.

    With a broad educational background, Dr. Sangra graduated with his medical degree from the American University of Antigua. He then went to perform his residency in psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 2013 and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science of El Paso, TX 2017.

    A member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). The ABPN is a not-for profit corporation dedicated to serving the professions of psychiatry and neurology.

    Peak Behavioral Health Services is proud to have Dr. Sangra in our team where we place a strong emphasis in working with the entire family with the goal of restoring a sense of hope, bringing balance to the family and providing a tailored treatment plan based on the individual's specific needs.

  • New PHP for Adolescents is Alternative to Psychiatric Admission Oct 22, 2019

    Peak Behavioral will be opening its adolescent partial hospitalization program (PHP) on November 1, 2019. PHP is an alternative treatment option for youth ages 12 -17 who don’t quite meet the criteria to be admitted to the hospital, but need a highly structured environment during the day to address significant behavioral and emotional challenges that get in the way of them attending school and regular activities. Patients stay at home on weeknights and on weekends and attend PHP during the weekdays.

  • EMDR Provided at Peak Behavioral Health of Las Cruces Oct 15, 2019

    Peak Behavioral of Las Cruces opened its doors to the community in April 2019 and began providing a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services for male and female adults needing mental health and/or substance use treatment.

  • Putting our Patients Front and Center Oct 08, 2019

    “Putting our patients front and center of everything we do is what our community has learned to expect from us,” says Sandy Emanuel, CEO, Peak Behavioral Health at a recent staff meeting. Emanuel continues, “We have a number of ways that we continuously monitor the quality of the services we provide but hearing from our patients about how we made a difference tops the list.” 

  • Suicide Prevention – Warnings Signs and Risk Factors Sep 26, 2019

    Peak Behavioral supports The Jason Foundations advocacy for the prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation’s mission is specifically for the prevention of young person’s suicide. However, many of the well-researched constructs of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors they have published can be applied to all populations. Below is an outline of The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention Warning Signs and Risk Factors to be aware of when interacting with anyone who may need Help:

    WARNING SIGNS - By themselves, many of these observations are not sure signs that someone is suicidal but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. If these issues are not addressed or treated, they can result in suicidal thoughts or attempts

  • Suicide Prevention - Support Our Veterans Sep 25, 2019

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has deemed September 8 through 14 as World Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.

    According to a Department of Defense report in armytimes.com, nearly two thirds of active duty military who died of suicide in 2012 were seen by a doctor within three months on the suicide. Approximately one third of those told someone of their plans. The report also stated that 42 percent had at least one mental health diagnosis. And, one in five were prescribed a psychiatric medication within 90 days of the suicide.

  • Youth Suicide Prevention - #IWONTBESILENT Sep 17, 2019

    For this year’s Suicide Prevention Month, The Jason Foundation, the world’s leading advocacy group for the prevention of youth suicide, is advocating to challenge anyone and everyone to start a national conversation about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.

  • National Suicide Prevention Day: Be a Part of #IWONTBESILENT Sep 10, 2019

    #IWONTBESILENT is an awareness campaign by The Jason Foundation to raise the national conversation of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Learn the warning signs associated with suicide and challenge the people you know to learn them, as well. Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you. Taking a few short minutes to challenge the people you know will help take some of the “silence” away from the terrible tragedy of youth suicide. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth.

  • #ElPasoStrong - Together We Are Stronger Aug 29, 2019

    In the last month the national spotlight has been on the resilience of the El Paso community, and Border Region as a whole. It's interesting how when you live and breath the spirit of your community every day, its adversity that brings to light the fundamental strengths of what we often overlook. 

  • Teen - Drug-Induced Psychosis Aug 22, 2019

    Most young people and their families report the psychotic experience as being terrifying. Once the crisis is over, many young people will make collaborative plans with their physician and a mental health provider to help the young person make sense of their experience of psychosis and manage any resulting mental health or addiction-related needs.

  • Mental Health Tips for Dealing with the Latest Mass Shooting Aug 15, 2019

    If your emotions feel out of control and they don’t seem to calm down within a day or two, make sure you talk with someone and get their support. If it continues longer than that ― or you find you are isolating, withdrawing from others, you’re more irritable and unable to sleep or eat ― it’s time to talk to a health care professional.

  • Statement from Our Leadership Aug 03, 2019

    The staff at Peak Behavioral Health extends our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of all who suffered injuries or loss of life in the tragic event in El Paso today.   

    As the community comes together to heal from this horrific event, we want to offer the services of our licensed, professional clinical team to residents in need of therapeutic support.  

    If you or a loved one is in need of help dealing with grief or suffering from post- traumatic stress, or, simply need someone to talk to -- call us, we can help.  You can reach our assessors 24 hours per day 7 days per week for a confidential assessment by calling (575) 589-3000.

  • National Minority Health Awareness Month Jul 24, 2019

    Its important for individuals from marginalized communities with mental health concerns to seek out a culturally competent mental health professional for help. These mental health professionals integrate your beliefs and values into treatment.

  • Peak Behavioral Health's New CEO Announces Program Expansion for Children and Adolescents Jul 12, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Health’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sandy Emanuel announced plans this week to expand the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric programs for children and adolescents. The expansion allows Peak Behavioral to intensify its clinical programming with more effective grouping of youth with similar treatment needs and challenges.

  • Family Fun during Summer Break - Tips to Maintain Good Mental Health Jul 09, 2019

    It’s July, school’s out and families are planning creative activities to replace the school structure with fun and engaging activities for children during summer break.

    Here are some fun tips for kids to help them stay “mentally healthy” and on top of their school “smarts.”

  • New comprehensive website launched Jul 02, 2019

    The new site features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to essential information to help patients and families make well-informed decisions about their loved one’s mental health care.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day – June 27th Jun 25, 2019

    If you know someone who is suffering from PTSD, call Peak Behavioral Health, we can help.  We provide free assessments and admit patients, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  Our team can help stabilize patients at immediate risk to themselves or others and discuss long-term treatment options including therapeutic interventions, active coping skills, medication management and other ways to control signs and symptoms of PTSD.

  • Peak Behavioral Health's New CEO Announces Program Expansion for Children and Adolescents Jun 13, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Health’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sandy Emanuel announced plans this week to expand the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric programs for children and adolescents. The expansion allows Peak Behavioral to intensify its clinical programming with more effective grouping of youth with similar treatment needs and challenges.

  • Fighting The Stigma of Mental Health Jun 12, 2019 By: Peak Behavioral Health Services

    At Peak Behavioral Health Services, we understand that navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough. Stigma makes this process even more difficult because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many from seeking help and treatment.

  • Emanuel Accepts position as Chief Executive Officer Apr 30, 2019

    Strategic Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that Sandra “Sandy” Emanuel has accepted the position as CEO of Peak Behavioral. 

  • PTSD Does Not Discriminate Apr 24, 2019

    The issue of addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for veterans and active duty military in the United States military continues to be a priority. 

  • Las Cruces Outpatient Center’s Ribbon Cutting Draws Many Apr 22, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Health had its ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest outpatient center in Las Cruces on April 4, 2019. Tours were provided by staff and interim CEO, Sandy Emanuel, of Peak Behavioral health spoke to attendees about the intent of opening the center is to address the critical need for intensive outpatient treatment services in Las Cruces.

  • Peak co-sponsors 12th Annual Family Fun Fair, for Child Abuse Prevention Month Apr 13, 2019

    A huge Thank You for all who participated and made this year’s 12th Annual Family Fun Fair a huge success! The event was held on April 13th to raise money for resources to prevent child abuse. Peak Behavioral Health was one of many agency sponsors, volunteers, entertainers and participants who contributed to creating and maintaining programs to prevent child abuse in our community.

  • Meet our New Intake Director, Jeanette Wohlfert Apr 09, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that Jeanette Wohlfert has assumed the role of Intake Director for the Inpatient, Residential and Outpatient treatment programs. For over ten years, Ms. Wohlfert has worked at various capacities of referral and patient case management.

  • Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) Spotlight – Chearie Alipat, Bernalillo County Apr 03, 2019

    Juvenile Probation Officers (JPOs) have a tough job and get very little recognition for the valuable service they provide for children in the Juvenile Justice system. Wade Chroninger, a JPO in New Mexico, recently nominated Chearie Alipat for Peak Behavioral Hospital’s JPO Spotlight.

  • Peak Behavioral Hospital Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Outpatient Treatment Center in Las Cruces Mar 19, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Hospital recently opened the newest outpatient treatment center in Las Cruces,  Peak Outpatient Treatment Center. At this new location, Peak offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for male and female adults needing mental health and/or substance use treatment.

  • Clinical Depression is Serious – It’s More than Sadness Mar 14, 2019

    Everyone will experience sadness once in a while.  It is a part of life. However, clinical depression means much more than being sad. One of every eight Americans suffers from depression at least once in their lifetime.  Estimates show that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of clinical depression this year alone, but only half will receive treatment. All age groups and all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups experience depression.

  • Social Work and the Impact on Behavioral Health Mar 12, 2019

    Social work plays an important role in the overall healthcare of patients. Behavioral healthcare is no exception. Social workers use their expertise in human behavior, psychology, and psychiatry to assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness, behavioral issues, and substance use disorders. Social workers are highly trained and provide critical help and support for patients and their families while navigating through the behavioral health treatment process.

  • Residential Treatment Services and Referral Process Mar 05, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Health residential treatment program provides a safe, therapeutic environment for adolescent boys and girls, ages 12-17 who exhibit a persistent pattern of severe emotional and/or behavioral issues.

  • Juvenile Probation Officers play a critical role in helping improve the lives of adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues Feb 25, 2019

    In the last few years, New Mexico juvenile probation offices across the state have significantly decreased the number of youth being brought to the court’s attention for delinquent offenses. In 2017 the year over year decrease in delinquent referrals had decreased an amazing 51%. New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) attributes this success to the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives which in part allows juvenile probation officers to focus on developing better relationships with the juveniles assigned to them and thus preventing many of the youth from returning to the attention of the court. 

  • Peak Behavioral Hospital announces the opening of its newest outpatient treatment center in Las Cruces Feb 20, 2019

    Peak Behavioral Hospital recently announced the opening of its newest outpatient treatment center in Las Cruces. Peak Outpatient Treatment Center offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for male and female adults needing mental health and/or substance abuse treatment.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness In June Jul 12, 2017

    Unfortunately, as populations across the world become older, the amount of abuse experienced by those older populations will increase. It’s important to be aware of the specific kind of abuse that elderly people can be subjugated to. Thanks to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th), which has existed for 11 years, attempts to inform the entire world of this growing problem has become more mainstream. 

  • Contributing to Strong Adolescent Mental Health May 31, 2017

    Adolescent Mental Health. It can be a mystery. As children, we grow based on our surroundings, our experiences, our upbringing and various environmental factors that shape us into who we are. No one can truly claim to have the perfect upbringing and life, as each experience will have its cons, no matter how perfect it seems.