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Emmet County Changing mental health regions

December 13, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Citing a better fit philosophically, according to supervisor Tim Schumacher, the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided to change mental-health regions.

Until now, the county has belonged to a mental-health consortium consisting of Clay, Dickinson, Palo Alto, O'Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Emmet counties. The change will shift Emmet County to County Social Services, a 22-county region with a fiscal agent in Butler County.

"Joining with County Social Services will better meet Emmet County's needs," said Dorothy Christensen, Emmet County mental health coordinator. Christensen said clients will still have the current choices as to where they will receive services, such as Spencer. She anticipated clients would have the same choices they do currently.

In other business, county engineer Roger Patocka in the road report said crews were ditch cleaning, sanding, maintaining equipment and replacing shop lighting.

The board set a public hearing for 10 a.m. Jan. 2 for New Fashion Pork, LLP Farm 228-Booth Site.

Mike Jones of Vision Care Direct presented an employee vision plan to the board. Jones said the plan was a discount membership in which employees could chose to participate and which could be tailored to their needs. The board agreed to offer employees the plan.

Beth Bahnson of the Northwest Aging Association requested a fiscal 2015 county match of $6,825.60 or $2.70 per senior.

The agency helped county seniors receive a benefit of $134,569 for fiscal 2013.



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