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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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Core Plus Services, A Roadmap for Regions in Mental Health

Core Plus Services, A Roadmap for Regions in Mental Health

When core services were added to the Iowa code in 2012, there was a second list called “Additional core services” that were named “Core plus” by the providers.         Why a Road Map? My goal in setting up the regional system was that there would...

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In mental health, what is a core service? Does it matter?

In mental health, what is a core service? Does it matter?

One of the building blocks of the mental health redesign in 2011 was the creation of a set of core services in the Iowa Code. Like many, you may be wondering what is a core service? And, why was that important? Why fix the 99-county system? When I began working on the...

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3 challenges facing children’s MH legislation in Iowa

3 challenges facing children’s MH legislation in Iowa

How do we overcome the 3 challenges facing the children's mental health legislation in Iowa? 1 in 5 children ages 5-18 have or will have serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. Iowa has some great services, but it does not have...

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Mental Health blog? What is the value to Iowans?

Mental Health blog? What is the value to Iowans?

In 2005, I was asked why I would want to run for the state Senate. I said, “If I ran it would be to fix the mental health system in Iowa.” I was quickly told, “Nobody runs to do that.” Well I ran to do it. And, I have been working on improving the system in Iowa and...

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