Claiming “credible allegations of fraud,” Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier recently suspended payment indefinitely to 15 well-respected New Mexico behavioral health service providers, deliberately driving them out of business for all intents and purposes. She told the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee that she is basing her accusation of “widespread and egregious fraud” on the findings of Massachusetts-based Public Consulting Group.
Since she has yet to inform the providers, the Legislature or the state auditor of specific findings, we remain unable to evaluate her claims.
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