Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Documentary on Behavioral Health Shakeup

A group called New Mexicans Fighting to Save Behavioral Health has produced a 30-minute video about the shakeup of the state's mental-health system. It features interviews of several lawmakers who have been critical of the state Human Service Department's suspension of Medicaid funds for 14 providers of behavioral-health services and several of the providers themselves.

It does not have any interviews with department officials to explain their actions or discuss the audit that reportedly found evidence of fraud on the part of the providers. So it's one-sided, but they lay out their case pretty well.

Here's a story I wrote about a protest rally at the Capitol Friday over the behavioral-health situation.

And here's a story published Sunday about a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a Human Services lawyer who says she was fired after she went to the Attorney General to complain about the controversial audit early this year.

The Legislature's Behavioral Health Subcommittee is meeting today in Las Cruces.