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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:38 pm, Fri Mar 21, 2014.

Chaos from the state’s sudden suspension of Medicaid funding for behavioral health care providers last year befuddled patients and led them to abandon care, while caregivers employed by the firms lost years of seniority in their transition to out-of-state companies, a federal report says.

The newly released report offers the first outside review of the turmoil that mental health advocates say ensued after the Martinez administration halted funding to 15 providers across the state last June and replaced them with Arizona companies.

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3 comments:

  • sanchez rae posted at 9:33 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    sanchez rae Posts: 15

    What a misleading headline. The number of mental health patients did NOT drop. They simply stopped being able to receive critical services due to the power and ego struggles of our governor. Look around you folks, 1 in 5 New Mexicans have a disability of some sort, and now even more of them have no access to needed services.

     
  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:04 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Because we have become a society of smart phones and stupid people. Politicians depend on ignorance and rely on fraud.

     
  • Pam Walker posted at 6:36 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 68

    This is so sad. This woman is wrecking New Mexico one organization at a time. I do not know how she sleeps at night.

     

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