Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Providers Sue State Agency.(New Mexico)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Medicaid Mental-Health Clients Harmed, They Say

LAS CRUCES Two southern New Mexico nonprofit agencies filed suit in federal court here to block the state Human Services Department from proceeding with a March 1 change in how it pays for mental-health services for Medicaid recipients.

Officials with the two agencies said that if the change goes forward, service to hundreds of Medicaid clients in southern New Mexico would be reduced or eliminated.

"We could lose thousands of dollars immediately and be forced to reduce services drastically," said Kathleen Hunt, director of Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc. …

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