Fraud Investigation Unsettles Mental Health Care in New Mexico

September 14, 2013 4:49 AM

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Fraud Investigation Unsettles Mental Health Care in New Mexico

Laura Bruening’s 12-year-old son, Michael, who is autistic, has been without his therapist for two months, since funding was frozen at the Albuquerque provider where he worked. “I’m really concerned that we don’t have anybody to intervene if something happens with him at school,” she said, noting that her son had become noticeably more agitated.

State officials, under pressure from families like the Bruenings, said they had little choice but to take drastic action when the extent of the abuse accusations became evident.

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