Have compassion for self, others

Posted 1/2/20

Thank you, Carlos Miera, for your recent My Turn ("State settles with five behavioral health providers," Dec. 19) in which you speak out for the integrity of the mental health providers in the state, which were accused of fraud during the governorship of Susanna Martinez.

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Have compassion for self, others

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Thank you, Carlos Miera, for your recent My Turn ("State settles with five behavioral health providers," Dec. 19) in which you speak out for the integrity of the mental health providers in the state, which were accused of fraud during the governorship of Susanna Martinez.

As you stated, many of the allegations were proven by the New Mexico attorney general to be unfounded, but with Human Services Division's rejection of the findings, and its demand for repayment of millions of dollars, most of the mental health providers in the state were forced to close. [I] have worked as a provider of case management and behavioral health services in several of the area agencies, [and] my personal experience with the agencies with which I worked was that they were basically aboveboard and well-intentioned.

As one who has been, I believe, unfairly dismissed (alas, more than once) from employment as a mental health provider, I can relate to how those who worked for the accused agencies may have felt. I was given little or no opportunity to answer allegations, which were sometimes not stated or were unclear. This led me to wonder what was really behind my dismissal. But worst of all was the assault on my self-esteem, which continues to affect me today. I loved my jobs, all of them, and as unconventional as I may have been, I believe I helped most of my clients.

But most importantly, despite the inner turmoil and trauma I continue to experience, I believe these experiences have been clouds with silver linings. I have had to face my own feelings of inadequacy and my shortcomings. Learning the therapeutic technique of "reframing" - as I did from my superb personal therapist Galen Sanchez - helped me put things in a more positive light.

Through meditation and introspection I am more able to understand and have compassion for myself and for others who feel they have been treated unfairly. The challenges I have had throughout my life I am beginning to see as gifts, though I may not have seen them as such at the time. But as I reframe those challenges, I become more free, with gratitude for every breath. Sounds pretty dramatic, no? But it's true.

Willis Blackmore is a social worker and El Prado resident.

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