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New Mexico, federal officials differ on whether fewer people got behavioral health services

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — New Mexico officials are disputing the federal government's contention that the number of people in the state receiving behavioral health services dropped 23 percent last year.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1nGeX8I ) reports that it's not clear how the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calculated the decrease but that federal officials visited New Mexico last September following a shake-up in the state's provider network.

The federal center cited the 23 percent figure in a Dec. 24 letter to state officials and called it a concern.

According to the state Human Services Department, New Mexico actually had more people getting services since different providers took over.

A federal report recommended more outreach and communication with behavioral health consumers.

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