SANTA FE — The Human Services Department said today an audit of 15 providers who get federal and state money to treat the mentally ill and substance abusers throughout New Mexico turned up widespread mismanagement and possible fraud.
The department says the audit documented overpayments to the providers totaling $36 million over a three-and-a-half year period ending in January.
The agency has halted funding to the 15 providers and has turned over the information to the state attorney general.
HSD Secretary Sidonie Squier said her department has lined up providers from Arizona who will offer technical and other management assistance to the troubled agencies. In some cases they may take over management of those agencies, she said.
Squier said the goal is to have as little disruption as possible in behavioral health services.