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.