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Mental health reform questions remain

Monday, January 28, 2013

Last week the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors signed a letter to send to Iowa lawmakers about statewide mental health reform concerns.

The board joined officials from Cherokee, Sioux and Woodbury counties in approving the letter.

Plymouth and the other three counties have agreed to become a region under the state's plan to regionalize mental health services.

This regionalization only affects individuals who receive mental health services paid for by the county.

The letter approved by the Plymouth County Supervisors last week addresses concerns the four counties consider "unfinished business."

"It basically talks about the core services and funding," said Supervisor Jack E. Guenthner. "Things that we still see as a need to be addressed at the legislative level."

He and Supervisor's Chairman Jim Henrich have been meeting with representatives from Cherokee, Sioux and Woodbury counties to determine what their region will look like.

Guenthner has also been involved with state committees working on aspects of the mental health regionalization process.

He explained that the next step for the four counties is to write an agreement, which will outline how the counties will function as a mental health region.

"That 28E agreement will be written in different segments and come to our four county boards to be approved by the supervisors that are represented," Guenthner said.

He said details as to how statewide mental health regionalization will function are far from being ironed out at the state level.

"It will be a long time before it's fleshed out," Guenthner said.

In other business last week, the Plymouth County Supervisors approved a two-lot subdivision, the Vander Windt Addition, in Section 7 of Elgin Township.

Mike Vander Windt requested approval of the subdivision, which includes about 73 acres in lot one and about 40 acres in lot two.



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