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Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:30 pm

Despite efforts from state legislators and various journalism groups to get their hands on an audit that sent shock waves through New Mexico’s system for treating mentally ill poor people, two district courts have agreed that the information needs to remain secret — for now.

At issue, of course, is whether a financial audit should be kept hidden once it becomes a tool for law enforcement.

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4 comments:

  • Kenneth Davis posted at 9:49 am on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    concerned and confused Posts: 38

    I wonder why the audit was taken in the first place as most of these providers had been audited extensively by both the state and federal government in the preceding 12 months and had passed these audits with very high scores. I wonder why Due process of law was not extended to the accused providers. I wonder why the accused providers were ordered to continue providing services to Medicaid consumers without pay and why they were ordered to continue accepting new consumers on the understanding that there would be no payment. I wonder why since the salaries of the CEOs of the accused agencies were an item in question are the CEOs of the Arizona firms more than 5 times the salaries that were being received. I wonder why the state AG office felt justified in giving altered documents to the state auditor when under a court order to release them to him. Finally I wonder why considering my previous points HSD OptumHealth NM, the governor and the five Arizona providers aren't under investigation themselves for mismanagement and possible fraud. In the meantime the Arizona agencies are not providing services to a large percentage of the consumers that were being served before the shutdown. The number of consumers receiving services at just one of these agencies has reduced by 90% which means 2700 people suffering from mental illness are not receiving treatment. it's not credible that 85% of the outpatient infrastructure was committing fraud, I feel the fraud lies elsewhere.

     
  • Kathy I-C posted at 9:39 am on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    Kathy I-C Posts: 3

    Thank you, New Mexican for staying on this story. As a provider in this state, I notice the jobs have virtually disappeared in this field. The inability to know why, the complete destruction of due process, the secrecy and fear surrounding what is already the very difficult work of being present daily with people who are suffering; all this is hard to live with.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:30 am on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 482

    "The audit was turned over to Attorney General Gary King to decide whether a criminal case could be made. He agreed with the state that the document needed to stay secret so that his investigation was not compromised."

    ....while his "investigation" will eventually die on the branch of the King tree of incompetence.

     
  • LEONARD MILES posted at 6:28 am on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    Itsjustalila Posts: 6

    Just seems interesting that Martinez selected an Arizona firm. If she hadn't selected an Arizona I would imagine it would have been a Texas firm.

     
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