Bernalillo Academy opened its doors in April 2009 as a sub-acute residential treatment center that specializes in treating boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 17 with Autism Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and other Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Bernalillo Academy has a licensed capacity of 63 beds. Bernalillo Academy is licensed and Certified by the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families and is accredited by The Joint Commission. The Bernalillo Academy environment focuses on behavioral change through an eclectic approach to treatment, which includes, but is not limited to Applied Behavior Analysis-based therapies (ABA), group, individual and family work with licensed Clinical Therapists, trauma informed therapies and milieu, intensive psychiatric care, 24 hour nursing and Equine Therapy. We utilize a progressive, strengths-based model that focuses on learning, practicing and generalizing skills into more natural environments. Bernalillo Academy develops individualized treatment programs that are based on best practices.


  • Individualized, Group and Family Therapy
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Treatment
  • Social Skills Teaching
  • Self-Management Training
  • Verbal Behavior Programs
  • Feeding Programs
  • Toileting Programs
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Parent Support and Training
  • Adaptive Skill Building Programs
  • Equine Therapy
  • 24 hour Licensed Nursing Care
  • Educational services are individualized for each child and provided on-site at Bernalillo Academy


  • High staff to student ratio
  • Child/Adolescent trained Psychiatrists, specializing in Autism/Developmental Disabilities
  • Licensed Clinical Therapists
  • Licensed Dietician and Heart Healthy Menus
  • Licensed RNs and LPNs provide 24 hour nursing care
  • Registered Behavior Techs
  • 24 hour Youth Care Support staff

1801 Randolph Rd., SE
Albuquerque, NM  87106

Phone: 505-924-6330

Amir Rafiei, Pharm. D.
Executive Director
Phone: 505-924-6330
Referral Email:
Brenda Perry
Admissions Director
Phone: 505-924-6325