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Community conversation will focus on mental health, disability services redesign

Jan 03, 2013

Those concerned with mental health and disability services redesign are welcome to attend a short presentation and open discussion focusing on how redesign will impact people with disabilities in their community.

The Iowans with Disability in Action (ID Action) Community Conversation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Washington Public Libarary, located at 115 West Washington Street, Washington.

The conversation will focus on the new Iowa legislation that resulted in big changes in the state’s adult mental health service system. Senate File 2315 changed funding and management of Iowa’s mental health and disability services system, shifting greater responsibility to the state and away from the 99-county system.

It also set a new menu of “core services” that must be available to Iowans with disabilities no matter where they live.

The conversation will be hosted by Des Moines, Henry, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren and Washington counties. It will feature representatives from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, representatives from the hosting counties and Iowans with disabilities who are active.

ID Action recently produced a handbook called “Advocate’s Guide to Mental Health Redesign” that will be available free to those who attend.

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