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NM senator proposes behavioral health oversight

September 8, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico Senate Democrat is proposing the creation of an oversight board following the upheaval of the state’s behavioral health system as another state official points to potential conflicts of interest between nonprofit providers and a for-profit Arizona company.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, wants a new board to approve contracts, vet decisions and ensure that a firm hired by the state is performing its duties.

Keller said the decisions regarding behavioral health providers and all the oversight are currently in the control of one appointed cabinet secretary.

“For anything this important, best practices dictate you have a publicly accountable governing board,” Keller told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1fHCiO0 ).

The proposal comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department in June froze payments to 15 nonprofits that provide Login to read more

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