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County has already helped fund two burials

Jul 28, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Facing a light agenda, the Henry County Board of Supervisors during its Thursday meeting took care of several housekeeping matters concerning the Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL), disability services and received the July general assistance report.

Sarah Berndt, county coordinator of disability services/general assistance director, said the county helped fund burials for two indigents. Berndt said funding burials this early in the fiscal year makes her slightly nervous because the county budgets for eight burials (at $2,000 each) per fiscal year. In fiscal 2017, the county helped with several burials.

Berndt said her office was busier in July in terms of contacts. “I had more contacts and more hours spent (in the office),” she reflected. “There were a lot of people looking for medical supplies and one person was looking for a hospital bed.”

Supervisors also approved the submission of a public health county substance abuse prevention grant to the Iowa Department of Health. Berndt said the grant pays for 25 percent of the county prevention program costs, which in Henry County would be $5,561.

A statement of understanding regarding duties from SEIL (the regional mental-health group) regarding the region assigning duties to Henry County employees was signed. “It spells out the expectations of using county employees to do region work and also includes a job description for the county coordinator of disability services,” Berndt explained.

The county also approved continued participation in the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) HIPPA program for which the county pays $1,750 per year.

According to Berndt, the county has been a participant in the program since it was launched by ISAC. The program includes occasional webinars, a day-long conference and free services (up to five hours of consultation) with a HIPPA attorney.

“I think it is beneficial to us,” Berndt stated. “I would cut it if I didn’t. Anything we can do that shows us going above and beyond compliance (with HIPPA regulations) is worth it.”

County Auditor Shelly Barber reported that early voting on the proposed new Henry County Law Enforcement Center remains strong. As of the close of business on Wednesday, 839 ballots had been received.

Supervisors meet in regular session Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Henry County Courthouse.

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