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Another Arizona Mental Health Provider To Leave N.M.

Apr 14, 2015

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Another Arizona-based nonprofit has confirmed it plans to cease providing Medicaid-funded mental health services in southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Tucson-based La Frontera plans a staggered transition to phase out its operations in Doña Ana County and several counties in southwestern New Mexico.

La Frontera said in February it would provide a 90-day notice to withdraw from New Mexico, and CEO Dan Ranieri said recent talks didn't change that course.

The other Arizona-based provider that pulled out is Turquoise Health and Wellness. It offered mental health to Medicaid patients in Carlsbad, Roswell and other locations in southeastern New Mexico.

Both La Frontera and Turqouise were brought in to replace New Mexico behavioral health providers terminated during a 2013 shakeup by Gov. Susana Martinez' administration.