Judge won't lift freeze on mental health payments

Updated: 07/25/2013 5:09 PM | Created: 07/25/2013 2:46 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of New Mexico freezing payments to behavioral health services providers in a dispute over possible fraud, waste and billing problems.

U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo on Thursday denied a request from eight nonprofit providers that asked the court to lift the state's suspension of Medicaid payments for mental health and substance abuse services to needy New Mexicans.

The ruling came as a legislative committee heard testimony from social services advocates who warned that the payment freeze would cause a serious disruption of behavioral health services to Medicaid recipients.

The Human Services Department contends it has taken steps to prevent an interruption of services. Contracts have been signed with five providers from Arizona to step in and provide assistance.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Related stories:

4 On Your Side looks at state's mental health audit
Administration at odds with state auditor over mental health fraud claims

KOB welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the rules of conduct set forth in our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use.


Join Our Email List