FOG calls on Department of Human Services and Attorney General’s office to release full report
On Friday, December 26, the New Mexico Attorney General’s office released a portion of the behavioral health audit report to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government after being ordered to do so by a Santa Fe district court judge.
In releasing the Presbyterian Medical Services portion of the audit, the Attorney General has waived its right to appeal the judge’s decision in regard to PMS. NMFOG, which initially sued for the report, has not yet determined whether it will appeal the order that keeps the remainder of the HSD audit secret.
“These newly released records, like every other section of the report that has been released to date, are public records – and in NMFOG’s view, they should have been released to the public long ago,” said Albuquerque attorney Gregory Williams, president-elect of NMFOG. ” None of the portions of the report produced to date contain protected confidential law enforcement information.”
Williams added, “Eighteen months after HSD suspended Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico, the full audit report has still not been produced. NMFOG calls on Attorney General Gary King, incoming Attorney General Hector Balderas, and the state Human Services Department to release the full report.”