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ValueOptions(R) New Mexico Files Formal Protest of Award of New Mexico Behavioral Health Contract to United
Date:2/9/2009

New Mexico, Inc. "Only through this protest and subsequent proceedings will the public be able to make that judgment."

Specifically, ValueOptions(R) New Mexico cites five key areas of protest:

1) The Behavioral Health Collaborative contract award was not based upon the evaluation criteria published in the RFP.

Although the RFP states that the winning bidder would be awarded the contract based on a proposal "most advantageous to the state," ValueOptions(R) New Mexico's pricing proposal was never opened or considered by the state's proposal evaluators. In effect, the entire contract was awarded with no price competition. In addition, ValueOptions(R) New Mexico's overall score was effectively lowered and the Collaborative was deprived of the benefit of a significant evaluation factor in the ValueOptions(R) New Mexico proposal. In addition, some of the technical questions asked by the evaluators in both the main RFP and in the follow up request from the evaluators were never scored, leaving questions as to why some responses to questions were scored and some were not.

2) The evaluation criteria were improperly applied by the Collaborative resulting in an erroneous score for ValueOptions(R) New Mexico.

In addition to selectively choosing to ignore certain responses, including pricing, the evaluators also ignored ValueOptions(R) New Mexico's considerable experience and qualifications when scoring the evaluation factors prior to contract award. The result was an unrealistically low score that failed to provide a true picture of the competitive advantages of ValueOptions(R) New Mexico under this contract. ValueOptions(R), Inc., parent company of ValueOptions(R) New Mexico, has considerable public sector experience in 13 states; ValueOptions(R) New Mexico's incumbency and familiarity with the New Mexico behavioral health market were brushed aside in an appa
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