Behavioral health money cuts scare providers

Last year, Lawrence Medina helped start a transitional living program to provide services for women fresh out of jail and prison and in need of help. Funding for Sangre de Christo House, a 20-bed facility located just south of Cochiti Pueblo in Peña Blanca, comes from Medicaid, the state Corrections Department and the state Human Services Department. Medina praises the state Human Services Department, which gave his provider Sangre de Christo House key startup money, to “fill a big gap” in services for behavioral health, which treats a vulnerable sector of the population struggling with drug addictions and mental illness. “I have to give HSD all the credit because they’ve been 100 percent behind us,” Medina told NM Political Report in an interview. This year, he might not be so lucky.