CAMDEN – Responding to a report of federal audits indicating as much as $35 million in improperly billed mental health services dating back to 2005, Gov. Chris Christie seemed unconcerned today.
The governor said the instances found in two federal audits revealed by the Star-Ledger last week are being examined by the state comptroller and his office.
“We have to look at those issues,” he said. “If we were doing something that was wrong then we’re going to have to pay the price for that.”
According to Star-Ledger reporter Susan Livio, in some cases reviewed by the audits, mental health workers “lacked proper credentials to provide treatment.” In other cases, the audit accused the state of billing for unnecessary services, Livio reported.
Christie said today, “I’m not particularly concerned about that at the moment.”