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NM health providers form group amid audit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico behavioral health providers and their supporters have formed a group after state officials froze payments to some nonprofits amid a scathing audit.

The group announced Wednesday the formation of the “New Mexicans Fighting to Save Behavioral Health” to counter what they say are state efforts to close some New Mexico providers “in favor of out-of-state companies.”

The New Mexico Human Services Department in June froze payments to 15 nonprofits that provide mental health and substance abuse services after an audit found what the agency said was a high rate of billing problems and possible mismanagement.

At least five of the 15 nonprofits are currently being transitioned to management by Arizona companies.

The group says the move will hurt the economy in rural New Mexico.

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