Mental health’s re-design stays a challenge

Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Plymouth County Supervisor Jack Guenthner gave an update to fellow supervisors about the ongoing state redesign of mental health services to regional concepts.

“There was a redesign meeting in Des Moines about forming the regions but there has been no letters of intent yet from the counties as to which regions they wish to combine,” said Guenthner. “It could be as little as two counties to as many as 17. About 20 percent of the counties could have trouble financially with it. Two counties have authorized transfers to pay for it.”

A key point is a $20 million that the Iowa legislature was expected to consider for the redesign, said Guenthner.

Guenthner and CPC-General Relief Director Sharon Nieman have been the Plymouth County leaders during this process.

A Department of Human and Family Services representative, Robin Wilson, has been meeting with county officials in various parts of the state.

In other matters at the Aug. 7 Plymouth County Board of Supervisors’ meeting:

Supervisor Craig Anderson told of a recent meeting of the Regional Workforce Investment Board, which has had a consolidation of jobs.

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