Bottom Line…Legislation to reform the mental health system that passed in the Iowa House is now under consideration in the Senate. Advocates are encouraged that the legislation has the support of the governor and state health officials.Lack of adequate resources and barriers to mental health care have long been challenges to Iowa's mental health system. For Iowans with serious mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities, the tide may be changing following the unanimous passage of a House bill that would create new resources, including critical access centers, intensive residential homes and assertive community treatment (ACT) teams.HB 2456, which passed 98–0, includes recommendations by the Department of Human Services (DHS's) Complex Needs Workgroup to reform the state's mental health system. The legislation has now moved to a Senate committee. Observers expect some action on the bill as early as this week.“The governor [Kay Reynolds] and the department see the work conducted by the workgroup and subsequently picked up by state legislators and put into legislation as a roadmap to improving the mental health system,” said Matt Highland, DHS spokesperson. “The goal is to make core mental health services uniform across the state.”Mental health advocates have long called for
Mental Health Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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