ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico state agency that provides substance abuse treatment and services for the mentally ill contested a legislative report Wednesday that says the agency does not have a “comprehensive grasp” on how it spends money on adult behavioral health.
The Legislative Finance Committee report says that just 11 percent of the $209 million the Human Services Department is spending this year on adult behavioral health is being spent on programs found to be proven and effective.
Such programs include drug and mental health courts, peer support and using Methadone and other types of medication-assisted therapy.
However, HSD spokesman Matt Kennicott told reporters after Wednesday’s hearing at the state Capitol the situation was not as dire as portrayed in the legislative report.
“I would say we do have a comprehensive grasp on (how the money is spent),” Kennicott said.