Reader View: Behavioral health system under attack

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 8:00 pm

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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  • Kenneth Davis posted at 7:03 pm on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    concerned and confused Posts: 54

    It wasn't the agencies performing the mismanagement sorry to say the mismanagement entered when Governor Richardson opened the door to allowing for profit corporations to loot the social services funds. These agencies went through 12 audits in the preceding 12 months showing a very high percentage of compliance. These audits were performed by the state and federal governments along with the MCO administering the funds.
    Also a man is innocent until proven guilty on this country and being destroyed without due process of law, with no real and concrete charges only ambiguous allegations and nothing proven is not within the boundaries of due process.

  • Kenneth Davis posted at 6:56 pm on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    concerned and confused Posts: 54

    Thank you for standing up for what is right. I feel a public official is out of control when they feel they can ignore the state legislature, the state auditors office, a federal court subpoena, state law, the US Constitution and the bill of rights.
    What will happen from this if it is not stopped is a fee capped MCO system with no concern for the consumers it is charged with providing services for and a state that no longer upholds the principles this country is founded on.
    I have a concern for the CEOs and management that have already been bankrupted, besmirched and displaced while having their civil and constitutional rights violated and ignored also for those soon to be displaced. What will happen to them? Will they be reinstated with the damages done to them redressed or will they remain removed and economically destroyed?
    Will Secretary Squier remain in her post or will she be removed from office as she so obviously deserves?
    Finally, what will happen to the consumers we provide services for with their strongest advocates removed and replaced with these out of state agencies? These 15 agencies all have records of advocating for the consumers under their care fighting to ensure that they receive the services they need, Fighting a losing battle I might add with behavioral health under the administration of a for profit MCO.

  • andres paglayan posted at 9:10 am on Sun, Aug 4, 2013.

    andres p Posts: 14

    Thank you Sen. Lopez and Rep. Easley for your help to stop the lynching of the New Mexico behavioral health.

    As you clearly point, the process put in motion by the executive is plagued with issues more obscure than those they claim to address.

    Seems to be a hostile maneuver to switch behavioral health care from “fee for service” to a contract capped HMO operation where the contractor who denies services to the users the most is the one who makes more money. Yes, the consumer will suffer.

    Although all the harm to NM BH will be already done by when the truth comes to light I totally support the work of the Legislative Committees.

  • Singulardoc2 posted at 9:44 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    Singulardoc2 Posts: 1

    Excellent summary, Sen. Lopez, of a very complicated topic. You and I and the others on the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee and Behavioral Health Subcommittee are working very hard to get to the bottom of this debacle. Let me assure Mr. Bohlander and others like him that we will do everything in our power to clean this mess up, while letting the chips fall where they nay.

    Stephen Easley, PhD
    State Representatve
    House District 50

  • mauryb brooks posted at 7:45 am on Sat, Aug 3, 2013.

    mauryb Posts: 9

    Why does this smell like a skunk? Why don't I believe this woman who refuses to share her data. I think it is time to follow the money. Does anyone know about the ownership of the new companies? I assume the Arizona companies where hired based on bidding. Oh how strange all the companies which must have won the bids at the same time are from Arizona. Given the many other companies from other states which must have bid I find this odd. Oh there was no bidding, hmm.[angry]


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