Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Integration and Education

Snehal Bhatt, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico.  He also serves as the Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at UNM.  He provides his clinical services at a busy outpatient clinic treating over 850 individuals with complex substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses.  He has also served as the Addictions Advisor for Indian Health Services, providing direct clinical care, consultations, and education nationally. Dr. Bhatt is funded by National Institutes on Drug Abuse to investigate strategies to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with opioid use disorders, and to investigate a novel agent to treat opioid withdrawals.  Additionally, he is currently involved in projects to build capacity to treat opioid use disorders within rural New Mexico, and to train all United States Public Health Service officers in the management of chronic pain and substance use disorders.  Dr. Bhatt is passionate about improving access to care, especially among underserved populations, and about investigating new, cutting edge approaches to treatment.  He is proud to be a recipient of the US District Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety in the District of New Mexico, as well as the Indian Health Service Director’s Award for Community engagement.  

NM Bridge Initiative

In his capacity as the Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Integration and Education, Dr. Bhatt ensure that this project aligns with wider comprehensive efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and opioid overdoses.  One of his other key roles is to provide buprenorphine waiver training to prescribers and other clinicians.  Additionally, Dr. Bhatt provides ongoing support and consultations to clinicians and assists with preparation of manuscripts and dissemination of information.