Report critical of NM mental health audit response

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative report is critical of New Mexico’s handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid payments to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican , the Legislative Finance Committee report released Wednesday says the Human Service Department’s transition to new providers caused disruption and difficulties for patients.

The report also says affected providers weren’t told of specific allegations or given a chance to rebut them before funding was cut off.

Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier said her department will provide a formal response to the report in the near future.

Citing law enforcement considerations, two judges recently refused in separate cases to order release of the audit.

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