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Hogares presses onward despite audit allegations

There have been many articles and op-ed columns about the Human Services Department cutting off Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health care providers for services provided to help poor people with psychological challenges.

The broad-brush accusation of fraud has been met with much skepticism in the community, particularly for one resilient provider who always has and continues to put the clients’ needs first.

The Martinez administration has, on undisclosed allegations of fraud, revoked the license for Hogares, Inc., to provide Medicaid-funded behavioral health services, and fired one of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the state behavioral health care arena in what can only be called a hostile takeover.

But we want the community to know that Hogares has survived the storm, and will continue to provide services through its several non-Medicaid contracts.

For over 42 years, Hogares has helped thousands and thousands of children and adolescents afflicted with serious behavioral and mental health problems. Hogares’ CEO, Nancy Jo Archer, with 39 years of exemplary service, suddenly finds herself ousted from the Medicaid service delivery system she helped build on unsupported, vague allegations of fraud.

Through these most difficult days of her career, Archer and loyal employees worked seven days a week to ensure that Hogares’ now-former clients will be served, even by an Arizona company with no other connection to our community, selected by the Martinez administration and paid for by New Mexico taxpayers. At the same time, Archer and a few dedicated staff members continue to manage Hogares’ non-Medicaid contracts.

Hogares’ mission always has been, and is today, to serve young people and their families for the sake of helping to improve their lives, and in the process, society.

Through the contracts that have been retained, Hogares will continue its mission: “To meet the therapeutic needs of children, youth and young adults in a safe and caring environment that supports and reinforces their efforts to find mental health and stability at home, at work and in the community.”

To that end, we want the community to know: Hogares lives on, and will provide quality services as it always has, putting the clients’ needs first.

We are grateful for the heartwarming support we have received from all over the community, and we aim to earn your continuing support. We are confident that Hogares will still be standing many years from now.

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