In the last legislative session a task force was created to review each of the Mental Health facilities within the State for possible closure of one institution. This task force will be coming to Cherokee to on Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a fact-finding mission to gather the information they will need to present their recommendations to State leaders.
This visit will include a facility tour, facility presentation and discussion of programs and services, an economic impact discussion and community input. The community input will be a very important part of the agenda.
The Cherokee MHI has the lowest on per-client costs, of the four state institutions. Cherokee MHI also provides mental health services to nearly half of Iowa's counties, admits more patients than any other MHI in the state and the length of stay is less than average. Return visits from those served by the Cherokee MHI is very low which is a testament to the treatment received and shows that treatment is meeting the needs of its clients. Even though these statistics show that the facility is fiscally sound, well managed, both clinically and financially and that it is well maintained, the decisions are not always made on these grounds.
A pre-task force meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10th at the Cherokee MHI. This meeting will include a brief tour of the facility and discussion. Please RSVP to Rhonda Saxen at 225-6918 if you plan to attend. The task force meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. The community input session will begin near 3 p.m.
We encourage any one interested to attend both meetings to become aware of the situation and to speak in a positive manner about the continuing presence of the Cherokee Mental Health Institution. If you have additional questions or input please contact Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation at 225-5739 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.