State finds no fraud by mental health provider

By By BARRY MASSEY

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King's office says it has found insufficient evidence of fraud by a behavioral health provider in Alamogordo although Medicaid was improperly billed for about $19,000 in services.

King office announced Thursday that it had finished its investigation of the first of more than a dozen nonprofit providers of mental health and substance abuse services, which had their Medicaid payments suspended last year by the Human Services Department because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.

In a letter to the department, King's office said investigators determined that The Counseling Center in Alamogordo overbilled Medicaid $19,023.

After the state halted payments to providers, it contracted with Arizona companies to take over management of many of the New Mexico-based providers, including the one in Alamogordo.

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