Mental health provider to slash workers’ pay

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:11 pm, Wed Mar 26, 2014.

Agave Health Inc., which won a contract last year for up to $7.1 million to provide behavioral health services in New Mexico, is cutting its staff salaries by 5 percent across the board, according to a letter to employees.

The New Mexico nonprofit was set up last year by Southwest Behavioral Health Systems, a large Arizona-based provider.

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  • Stan Bies posted at 4:34 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Patron Posts: 37

    Anybody ask what other cost cutting measures were considered ? How about a peak at the financials ? Might consider what effects salary cutting has on a "productivity" ?

    C'mon New Mexico get in the game

  • Kenneth Davis posted at 9:20 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    concerned and confused Posts: 43

    Possibly the CEO should consider slashing his 624k a year salary and huge travel allowance instead? The previous providers did CEOs did not for the mast part make huge salaries by comparison or possibly they could begin providing services to the 60% of the consumers who still have no services? One of the providers Agave replaced was found innocent of fraud why have they not been reimbursed, indemnified for damages incurred and reinstated? Was it possible that this action had nothing to do with fraud but had everything to do with dismantling the agencies most noted for consumer advocacy?

  • Eli Chavez posted at 7:26 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    Susana Martinez is a failure. Allowing a company to come from Arizona to provide Services to New Mexico citizens is shameful. Martinez knows exactly and to the point that the Arizona provider hates Hispanics no matter where they were born. The 56 cent standard is correct. Susana Tejana quit catering the Extreme Right and fire the AZ provider. And Shame on you Susana for making harder to earn a living. It is obvious that the Provider wants the employee to use their vehicle at .25 cents per mile. Who is getting the kickback.

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 5:50 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    Kilgore & Kennecott. Hiring due to "low productivity? A non-New Mexico company. Sounds like a partisan political activity.


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