Date: March 5, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Norice Lee, NMSU Library, (575) 646-1508, email@example.com
As part of the celebration of Sunshine Week, the NMSU Library is co-sponsoring “Sunshine and Shadows: Public Records and the New Mexico Mental Health Provider Audit,” a panel discussion on open government and the state of mental health care in New Mexico. The program will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. on the third floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU Las Cruces Campus.
The panel will discuss the New Mexico In Depth and Las Cruces Sun News lawsuit seeking the release of a 2013 state government audit that resulted in the state withdrawing Medicaid funding from 15 mental health providers due to allegations of fraud. Speakers include Heath Haussamen from New Mexico In Depth; Walt Rubel from the Las Cruces Sun News; and State Senator Mary Kay Papen.
The program will also include a tribute to Margaret Markham, a former health reporter and long-time community activist known for her outspoken advocacy for governmental transparency. A public reception will follow the program.
Both the program and reception are free and open to the public. Parking is free in NMSU lots after 4:30 p.m. For a map of parking lots, see the Transportation and Parking Map at http://hr.nmsu.edu/parking/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2013/05/Map.pdf.
Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. It is held each year in March to coincide with James Madison’s birthday and will be celebrated during the week of March 16-22, 2014.
The NMSU’s Sunshine Week activities are sponsored by NMSU alumnus Tim Parker, the NMSU Library, and the NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-2869. Additional information is available at the Library’s Sunshine Week information page at http://nmsu.libguides.com/sun.