Recently, Dr. Dan Gillette, Superintendent of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, announced that the MHI would be holding a series of informational meetings regarding the Iowa Legislature's MHI Closure Task Force.
The meetings are to help community leaders stay informed throughout this time that the MHI Closure Task Force continues to collect information while evaluating the State's four MHIs.
The Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation is looking for those who are interested to attend these meetings in hopes that after the first of the New Year CAEDC will be able to make a trip to Des Moines and meet with the legislators to discuss this issue further.
The event will be similar to the "Day at the Capital" trips that are made by Cherokee County representatives every year in January. So far there have been 14 people signed up to participate in these meetings.
These meetings will help to keep everyone educated to the function of the Cherokee MHI and on top of information as it becomes available. These meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays - Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. These meetings will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the JMay Room at the Cherokee MHI. If you are interested in attending these meetings or if you are interested in serving on this important committee, contact Marci Brown at 225-5739, or email@example.com.
The number of people to sit on this committee will not be limited but if you are interested you may attend.
There will have been two other State MHIs reviewed by the Task Force by this time and those reviews will be subject for discussion.
The Task Force reviewed the Cherokee MHI September 15, the first of the four Iowa MHIs to be reviewed. The other MHIs are in Independence, Clarinda, and Mount Pleasant.