(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to regionalize with the southwest Iowa counties as part of the new Mental Health Redesign bill that was passed by the Iowa legislature this year.
Originally the board was going to sign a letter of intent to join with other counties in a 28E for mental health services. However, they changed their motion after Mental Health Director Teresa Kanning received a letter from the Shelby County CPC.
Kanning’s Assistant Deb Schuler explained, “It says Linda Hinton suggested just having the individuals Board’s of Supervisors from each county pass a motion during a regularly scheduled board meeting that they intend to participate in the planning process to regionalize with the southwest Iowa counties instead of doing a formal letter of intent.”
The new mental health redesign bill will require counties to regionalize for the mental health services. The DHS website says Iowa’s community-based, person-centered system will provide locally delivered services, a regionally managed system and statewide standards.