ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico behavioral health providers and their supporters have formed a group after state officials froze payments to some nonprofits amid a scathing audit.
The group announced Wednesday the formation of the "New Mexicans Fighting to Save Behavioral Health" to counter what they say are state efforts to close some New Mexico providers "in favor of out-of-state companies."
The New Mexico Human Services Department in June froze payments to 15 nonprofits that provide mental health and substance abuse services after an audit found what the agency said was a high rate of billing problems and possible mismanagement.
At least five of the 15 nonprofits are currently being transitioned to management by Arizona companies.
The group says the move will hurt the economy in rural New Mexico.
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An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.