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Mental health redesign forum Dec. 3

November 20, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ID Action, a project of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, will hold a community conversation on mental health and disability services redesign Monday, Dec. 3 in Estherville and Spirit Lake.

The meeting will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Dickinson County Courthouse board of supervisors meeting room at 1802 Hill Ave. in Spirit Lake. In Estherville, the meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. at the ECHO PLUS dining area at 1520 Sixth Ave. N.

In early 2012, the Iowa Legislature passed a bill that made big changes in the state's adult mental health and disability services system. The legislation, SF 2315, changed the way the state's mental health and disability services system is funded and managed, shifting greater responsibility to the state and away from the counties. It also set a new menu of core services that must be available to Iowans with disabilities no matter where they live.

Dorothy Christensen, Emmet County mental health coordinator, told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that under mental health redesign the county's mental health levy will be cut nearly in half.

Christensen said the impact would be felt particularly by people with developmental disabilities.

"They're not in the mix," Christensen said. "There are people who will not be getting the services they're getting now."



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