NM pays Arizona for mental health services

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Records that are now public show New Mexico was paying at least one company in Arizona for mental health services before it was brought in to replace 15 mental health providers here.

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration did an audit in 2013 and stripped 15 non-profit behavioral health agencies of their state contracts, saying they were involved in fraud and were mismanaged.

The Santa Fe New Mexican now reports the state paid one of the companies about $170,000 and half of that before the audit was done.

The newspaper also reports the state kept paying the company for several months at higher rates than it did the 15 providers here.

The state is defending the payments, saying they were perfectly legal.

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