New Mexico’s most vulnerable mental health patients are facing uncertain times.
It began when Secretary Sidonie Squier of the Human Services Department announced that an audit of behavioral health services in New Mexico had uncovered $36 million in money alleged to have been misspent. She will not give the details — even to the 15 agencies accused of wrongdoing and possible criminal acts — because she believes it would interfere with the criminal investigations. The past and potential harm to taxpayers is so great, in her eyes, that Squier suspended Medicaid payments to all service providers. We support stopping fraud, but still believe that not all 15 providers should have received the same, one-size-fits all penalty. The potential for harm remains too great.
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