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Development of Access Centers: Where are the Doors to Access?

Development of Access Centers: Where are the Doors to Access?

When legislators added access centers to the mental health core, they wanted a one-stop-shop for mental health evaluations and care planning. The law specified a minimum of six across the state. And, rules identified requirements necessary for a center location or...

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Children’s Services in Iowa – Where are We Now?

Children’s Services in Iowa – Where are We Now?

Children’s Services. The Governor signed into law a statewide board tasked to create a children’s mental health system. The law required regions to assist in development of core services including crisis services. The language also specified that these services would...

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Act Team Services – Developing throughout Iowa Now

Act Team Services – Developing throughout Iowa Now

The regions recently updated their plans for ACT teams and other mental health services throughout Iowa. And, in those plans, they discuss in detail each core service and where they are located. In recent posts, we talked about what ACT teams are and where they were...

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ACT teams in Iowa. Where are they located now?

ACT teams in Iowa. Where are they located now?

We love ACT teams! But, where are they? In a previous post, we talked about what an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team is.  We discussed who the members of the team are? We listed eligibility for the services. And finally, we listed the ACT services. As we...

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ACT Teams in Iowa. What are they? Why do we need more?

ACT Teams in Iowa. What are they? Why do we need more?

ACT Teams: When the legislature passed a law to serve persons with complex needs in Iowa, a key recommendation was to develop more ACT teams. Additionally, the law recommended at least 22 of them. One family in my legislative district always attended our forums and...

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How do we better serve those with complex needs in Iowa?

How do we better serve those with complex needs in Iowa?

In 2017, the legislature requested a workgroup to look at persons with complex needs in Iowa. And, the legislature asked the workgroup to make recommendations related to the delivery and access of services needed for persons needing multiple types of care. When the...

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When I’m in Crisis, Who do I Call to get help in Iowa?

When I’m in Crisis, Who do I Call to get help in Iowa?

A crisis hotline is a necessary piece of a mental health system. When a person, parent or family member is in crisis, they need help now. In a crisis, your brain doesn’t think like it does when things are calm. The fight or flight response begins. Your muscles are...

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Which regions in Iowa have children’s services in 2019?

Which regions in Iowa have children’s services in 2019?

With the passage of the new children’s mental health system in Iowa, people look forward to new service options for kids. Throughout the session, we heard that we have services just not consistently across the state and not for all Iowans. So where are these services?...

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