Record Staff Writer
State health officials came under fire from patients, behavioral health providers and advocates Wednesday during a telephone conference, during which officials repeatedly deflected criticism about the recent decision to defund community health centers.
The phone session was organized by New Mexico Human Services Department and Washington-based Centers for Medicaid Services to provide a platform for patients and providers to update administration on problems with patient care.
The department cited a yet-to-be publicly released audit to defund the centers, 12 of which have closed and were handed over to Arizona-based companies. The department contracted with the Arizona companies to run the health centers, including Counseling Associates in Roswell.
Some remarks were made by concerned parents, who told stories of their inability to get care, therapists and medication for their children. Some patients have been forced into rehospitalization, lost longtime therapists and have suffered anxiety with the changes, they reported. Thousands of patients are without providers following several resignations, callers said.
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