SANTA FE — Facing a looming deadline, a New Mexico state agency has backed off its plan to sever a $20 million annual contract with a regional management entity that oversees services to more than 70,000 seniors and their guardians.
In a joint statement released late Tuesday, the Aging and Long-Term Services Department and the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging said they had struck a deal that avoids the contract cancellation in exchange for the regional entity dropping legal action against the state.
The agreement also calls for state monitoring of the entity’s job performance through June — when the current contract expires — and a series of town hall meetings to be held in the next two months.
“It will continue to be our priority to support those who care for our seniors,” said acting Aging and Long-Term Services Secretary Kyky Knowles. “We have to make sure that providers are receiving the support they need and ensure that taxpayer dollars are appropriately spent.”