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ValueOptions(R) New Mexico Provides $10.3 Million for Community Behavioral Health Care Organizations
Date:4/22/2008

LATEST $3 MILLION MEANS GREATER EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED BEHAVIORAL

HEALTH CARE SERVICES ACROSS NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today ValueOptions(R) New Mexico, the behavioral health organization that serves the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative, announced it is awarding an additional $3 million to behavioral health care providers to further develop community-based services across the state. This funding, coming one week after ValueOptions(R) awarded $7.3 million for community-based reinvestment and services expansion to New Mexico providers, means ValueOptions(R) New Mexico has granted a total of $10.3 million to expand behavioral health care services in the state.

"This additional $3 million in grants is significant because New Mexico's innovative and dedicated providers and consumer organizations submitted applications with more than $20 million in funding requests," said Mary Mastrandrea, Interim CEO of ValueOptions(R) New Mexico. "We are now able to fund more than half of the behavioral health projects proposed."

The availability of this latest round of funding, like the $4.2 million before it, is the result of effective fiscal management, statewide service delivery improvements, increased enrollment and a shift toward more community-based models of care. ValueOptions decided to use every dollar of the savings from these efforts to help providers add services that will allow consumers to obtain the care they need closer to home.

"Thanks to ValueOptions New Mexico we will be able to sustain our outpatient mental health and substance abuse services for Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties," said Violanda Nunez, executive director of Ayudantes, Inc., in Santa Fe, N.M. "With this funding, we will be able to continue providing a wide range of services, including community-based psychiatric services, medication monitoring, psychosocial rehabilitation, intensive outpatient care and coordinated community support services."

"These funds will allow us to hire psychiatrists, mental health counselors and infant mental health specialists in order to meet the growing needs of behavioral health care consumers in Taos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties," said Andy R. Lopez, executive director of Las Clinicas del Norte, Inc., in El Rito, N.M.

"We are hopeful that, as the year continues, we will be able to add more funds to the new program. If that is the case, ValueOptions(R) New Mexico may approve even more additional requests to deserving programs and projects," Mastrandrea said.

Organizations requesting funding submitted formal proposals and were selected after careful consideration by panels of professionals at ValueOptions(R) New Mexico.

About ValueOptions(R) New Mexico

ValueOptions(R) New Mexico is the statewide entity that manages public funding and delivery of care for behavioral health in New Mexico. The organization is committed to providing behavioral health services that are both culturally competent and responsive to the unique needs of New Mexicans. For more information, go to http://www.valueoptions.com/newmexico.

About ValueOptions(R), Inc.

ValueOptions(R), the nation's largest independent behavioral health care company, provides services to more than 23 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies as well as with health plans and employers. ValueOptions(R) is a national managed care company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues, mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. For more information, go to http://www.valueoptions.com.


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