O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer explains what’s going on.
(She says the legislature, in their last session decided to require the counties to come together in regions and possibly co-mingle their funds for mental health.)
Rohwer tells us her opinion on why the legislature did this.
(She says she thinks their intent was that no matter where you are in Iowa, everyone should have the same provided services.)
She says, it’s about the money.
(She says if they pool their money, hopefully, if one county is struggling, perhaps the others are not, and it will keep the cash flow going a little better. The legislature capped the amount counties are able to levy. It’s supposed to level the playing field.)
The resolution passed by the O’Brien County Board Of Supervisors states that it is the County’s intent to pursue joining with the counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, and Woodbury for a Mental Health and Disability Services Region for delivery of mental health and disability services.
She says if you have any questions about how mental health services are changing at the county level, you can contact her office or that of O’Brien County Mental Health Central Point Coordinator Janelle Schuknecht.