State official storms out amid grilling on provider audit

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 pm, Fri Jul 5, 2013.

It would be fair to describe the latest meeting of the interim legislative Health and Human Services Committee as pretty intense, lawmakers who attended the session said.

At the Wednesday night meeting in Albuquerque, Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier, after three hours of answering questions, reportedly stormed out angrily. Meanwhile, state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, who had been grilling Squier, literally ruptured blood vessels in his brain and ended up in the hospital.

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  • Cathy Sanders posted at 7:56 pm on Sun, Jul 7, 2013.

    KittyBear10 Posts: 1

    Yes, you are absolutely right. The children are the ones that are going to suffer. The travesty is that they do not understand what has happened to their provider. This could have been handled differently but now it has become a COLD and MEAN act towards the clients, providers and many, many other people involved. I would not be surprised if parents and others file a lawsuit for the damages they are now incurring. I cannot understand how you explain to a six year old that is used to their provider spending four hours of their day with them that " I can't come get you anymore!" Please tell me how we are going to do that for hundreds of children in New Mexico, because I really want to know. Where is the humanity in that? No, bringing in a stranger from Arizona is not going to work. Basically, somebody blew it and hurt many people in the process and those guilty need to stand up and fix it and fix it fast or shame on you for hurting the children in New Mexico.

  • jguttman posted at 5:18 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    jguttman Posts: 7

    She's disgusting, a true welfare monger.

  • Lorrie Bortner posted at 7:04 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    LorrieB Posts: 1

    There has been much talk of the monies but what about the clients; children and adults involved??
    My husband has worked for 2 providers in Taos, NM for 4 years. He is a BMS worker, Behavior Management Specialist. These are adults who spend 4 hours a day per child. These BMS workers are not compensated in an exorbitant amount. The children look up to their 'providers' as role models.
    One organization has closed its doors as of Monday (until this is resolved) and now these children are left home with no planned activities and socialization for the summer.
    Bringing in counselors from Arizona will not fill this void. They have counseling once a week for approximately 45 minutes. What about the rest of their day??
    It is wrong if mishandling of funds have occurred. But prove it before you shut everyone down. And what about a training program to ensure guidelines and allocations are followed correctly?
    Guess it is better for monies to go for a hunting trip for the Governor's husband..... But why should the children have to take the brunt of this??

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 7:21 pm on Fri, Jul 5, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 331

    Seems like everyone who has access to our tax dollars has no problem dipping into the till. NM is a proving ground for the all the fraudsters in our midst, from the Governors office right on down. When are we going to get a representative who just simply does the right thing for freaking once. Santa Fe heart of NM and a den of thieves!


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