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Auditor troubled over altered mental health audit

November 26, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Hector Balderas is questioning why a state agency provided his office with a behavioral health audit report that was altered to remove a conclusion that auditors found no “credible allegations of fraud” in a review of case files for more than a dozen providers under investigation for potential misconduct.

Balderas obtained a subpoena last week from a district judge in Santa Fe to try to shed more light on the revisions made by the Human Services Department.

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration used the report in freezing Medicaid payments to the providers in June, and in having the attorney general’s office launch an investigation of 15 nonprofit providers of mental health and substance abuse services to needy New Mexicans.

Balderas’ office said in court filings the department’s failure to provide it with a Login to read more

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