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Parent upset with NM mental health shake-up

November 6, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe father appealed to lawmakers on Tuesday for help in obtaining behavioral health services that he said have been disrupted because the state froze Medicaid payments to mental health providers.

Hashem Faidi, a state Department of Transportation engineer, told a legislative panel that his two autistic sons no longer receive behavioral management services after school and during holidays.

“Hopefully with your help, we can get back these services. It’s really essential for kids,” Faidi said.

TeamBuilders Counseling Services provided that help to his sons until August. However, the company was among 15 nonprofit providers that were suspended by the state in late June from receiving Medicaid reimbursements because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems. The attorney general’s office is investigating the allegations. Two companies have agreed to Login to read more

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