Public invited to speak on Cherokee Mental Health possible closure

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cherokee Mental Health Institute is one of four Mental Health Institutes in Iowa facing the possibility of closure.

People are invited to attend a public comment session from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday in the Cherokee facility's auditorium to meet with a task force.

The task force, formed by the Iowa Legislature, is studying the four institutions' programs and services to help determine if one should close and which one it should be.

The Iowa Department of Human Services will use the information gathered to make a recommendation on the matter to the state government.

The other three mental health institutes are in Independence, Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

Cherokee is first on the list to receive a visit from the task force.

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