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Farnsworth: O’Brien County Board Now “Month-to-Month” On Mental Health Funding

O'Brien co courthousePrimghar, Iowa — The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors has been in the news recently, saying that they weren’t going to have enough money to pay for all mental health services. We talked with chairman of the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors, Tom Farnsworth, and he gives us an update on the situation.


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Farnsworth tells us how the problem originated.


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He says the “home rule” law just recently took effect.


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The “situation” that Farnsworth is talking about is the fact that O’Brien County has the Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Village Northwest Unlimited, which has many residents from outside the area. That put the county board in a tight spot, since clients’ home counties used to send funds with the client, but now the law says they cannot.


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Farnsworth says it looks like things are going to work out this time, but the future remains to be seen.


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Farnsworth says the board wants people to know that their first priority is the mental clients in the county.


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Governor Brandstad’s spokesperson Tim Albrecht says a new federally-funded program will cover many mental health services for low-income people next year.

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