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Board of Supervisors Receives Mental Health Update

May 1, 2014
by Kate Myers , Emmetsburg News

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors received an update on the mental health reorganization during their meeting on Tuesday, April 29.

Supervisor Ron Graettinger updated the board regarding Northwest Iowa Care Connection. The organization is the new mental health service delivery system for the region, which consists of Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien and Osceola counties. Graettinger serves on the region's governance board which has been meeting regularly.

Graettinger said at a recent meeting, the board reviewed a number of documents that will be used by the region. The documents included job descriptions for various positions within the organization, agreements that will be utilized as well as the Crisis Service Continuum of Care document. Graettinger said details regarding liability insurance continue to be addressed, but he believes the insurance will be in place within the next two weeks.

Maureen Sandberg, Palo Alto County Central Point Coordinator (CPC), informed the board that Judge Hoffmeyer has appointed Rose Lloyd to serve as the new region's Mental Health Advocate. According to Sandberg, Lloyd will begin serving Palo Alto County on June 1, 2014. The advocate works with adults who are receiving services through a mental health committment.

Sandberg also reported that negotiations with providers occurred on April 29 and went well. She reported that Kathleen's is considering doing a crisis set up for the county. The crisis service is new required service.

Graettinger said, "That is the best thing possible. We want something local."

In other business before the board of supervisors, the board approved the library contracts for fiscal year 2014-2015. The libraries in the county will split $76,000, the same amount as last year.

Mary Barrick, Palo Alto County Conservation Director, spoke to the board. Barrick told the supervisors she was excited about her new position and hopes to keep the lines of communications open with the board. "I look forward to a good working relationship with the board of supervisors."



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