(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors sent a letter of support to the Board of Health to state that they would like to see the Behavioral Health unit at the Cass County Memorial Hospital stay there.
Supervisor Chuck Rieken read part of the letter at their meeting this morning. “It is the Cass County Board of Supervisors position and belief that the behavioral unit is an indispensable part of this community but by providing necessary mental health services to those residents in Cass County as well as others who reside or who are placed here in various residential care facilities.”
Rieken said all of the people that have contacted him have been very much in favor of the facility staying in Cass County.
“It hasn’t been about loss, it’s been about service provided,” said Rieken. “The loss factors, yes I know it’s losing money, but it’s still never been the loss factor to the county it’s been about the service provided and where we’re going to send clients and how are we are going to serve clients for the best interest of those people.”
Cass County Memorial Hospital Administrator Pat Markham said the reason they have considered closing the Behavioral Health Unit is because once they became a critical access hospital, inpatient behavioral services are an impediment for the facility and they are not reimbursed on a cost basis like other services. Markham said last year the unit lost $500,000.