We’re hopeful that the recent resignation of state Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier, along with the recent election of Hector Balderas as attorney general, will bring a quicker resolution to the ongoing investigation and state takeover of mental health service providers.

In the summer of 2013, the state Human Services Department froze Medicaid funding for 15 mental health agencies in New Mexico after an outside audit reported as much as $36 million in fraud or overbilling had taken place. La Frontera, an Arizona company, was contracted to take over management of many of the clinics where funding had been frozen, and the audit was turned over to the Attorney General’s Office for criminal investigation. . .

At a time when New Mexico was ranked dead last in the nation for childhood well-being, Squier too often turned a deaf ear to the problem. We hope her replacement does better. Read entire article here.