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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 1:01 am, Sun Jul 28, 2013.

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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2 comments:

  • Chris Moffatt posted at 10:44 am on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    Save Behavioral Health NM Posts: 8

    No due process, "fraud" ALLEGATIONS based on statistics not facts, and the government sponsored corporate takeover of all the large community mental health facilities in NM. "yep, sounds OK to me" (SARCASM)

    http://www.facebook.com/SaveBehavioralHealthNM

     
  • andres paglayan posted at 3:52 pm on Mon, Jul 29, 2013.

    andres p Posts: 13

    This is akin to lynching. Punishment being handled without proven wrongdoing. Who is to held the executive accountable when the fog clears?

     
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