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Senior NM behavioral health official quits

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A senior state official who was involved in the replacement of New Mexico behavioral health services providers whose Medicaid funding was suspended is stepping down.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Behavioral Health Services acting Director Diana McWilliams is leaving to head a nonprofit in Pennsylvania.

McWilliams was part of a New Mexico delegation that traveled to Arizona in February to meet with providers which later were awarded contracts to take over for the New Mexico providers whose funding was suspended.

That trip occurred during work on an audit that eventually resulted in suspension of Medicaid funding for 14 providers. The cutoff led to the shutdown of some of the providers.

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