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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 30, 2014

Mental health region ahead of schedule

By STEPH TAHTINEN, Mt. Pleasant News | Jul 26, 2013

Henry County and its region members are ahead of the game when it comes to mental health regionalization.

“We’re moving along,” said Sarah Berndt, Henry County CPC (central point of coordination) at the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday morning, noting they are ahead of schedule.

Mental health redesign in the state of Iowa has determined that the counties form regions for mental health service in an attempt to equalize services across the state. The state expects the region to be functioning by July 1, 2014.

Henry County has been working to form a region with Washington, Lee, Louisa, Des Moines and Keokuk counties. The group is currently working on putting together the 28E agreement that will officially form the region.

“We’re reasonably satisfied with the 28E,” said Berndt.

She said the group was struggling to not put too much detail into the 28E agreement, because the details could change over time. Instead, they want the 28E to be broad and any details for how the region will operate can be done through policies.

Berndt noted that the committee was going to meet one more time in August and will hopefully have copies of the 28E agreement given to the county attorneys and boards of supervisors by October.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Approved a contract for the Iowa Department of Public Health County Substance Abuse Prevention Services grant. The county will be reimbursed $5,071 for the money it pays Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services (ADDS).

• Approved a contract with St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids for inpatient psychiatric hospital services.

• Approved an addendum for Henry County’s contract with Hope Haven, modifying the rate for the Medicaid increase.

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