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Christensen gives mental health regions update

October 16, 2012
by Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The sticky wicket of mental health redesign got just a little stickier with three counties in the current Northwest Iowa Contracting Consortium pulling out to form a new region.

Dorothy Christensen, Emmet County mental health coordinator, told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that Sioux, Woodbury and Cherokee counties had already signed a letter of intent to form a separate mental health region with Plymouth County also scheduled to join them Tuesday. Until recently, Emmet and Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties have formed the Northwest Iowa Contracting Consortium.

That would leave Emmet and six other counties to form a mental health region to contract with service providers.

Supervisor Jon Martyr said one positive coming from Emmet being part of a new seven-county compact would be that the counties are similar in size and would have similar interests.

Christensen said counties need to tell the Iowa Department of Human Services by April 1, 2013, with which mental health region they intend to belong.

The board also heard the road report from Barb Nissen, secondary roads department office manager, sitting in for county engineer Roger Patocka. Nissen said Union Pacific Railroad had repaired the rail crossing on County N60 on Oct. 12.

The board also heard a proposal by Clarence Hoffman of County Risk Management Services Company who said he would like to quote the county's property and casualty insurance.

The board told Hoffman he could work with Blum & Leonard Agency, the agency that currently has the county's policy, if he wants to make a quote.



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