Six Northwest Iowa Counties Coming Closer To Hammering Out Mental Health Agreement

Date posted - February 19, 2014

Spencer, Iowa — The way mental health services are handled in Iowa is changing, and in our area six county Boards of Supervisors continue to hammer out an agreement.

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We talked to Dickinson County Supervisor Bill Leopold, who has been heading up the group that’s working on a 28E agreement to comply with Senate File 2315, the law that made all the changes. Leopold gives us some background.

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He says their work started over a year ago in January 2013. He tells us how things progressed from there.

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Leopold says since then, Emmet County has decided to partner with counties further east and has dropped out of this particular group.

Kim Wilson is the current Central Point Coordinator for Clay County.

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She says that they don’t plan much in the way of personnel changes.

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Leopold says as usual, one of the big sticking points is funding.

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Wilson says that representatives of the six counties will meet this Friday, February 21st, and it is hoped they will approve the agreement and send it to the Iowa Department of Human Services for additional review. When it comes back, if no changes are needed, the counties will then need to adopt the agreement.

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