DES MOINES - Thursday a bill restoring funding to Iowa Mental Health Institutes passed in the Iowa Senate, effectively providing Cherokee Mental Health Institute with $784,607 in necessary funding.
Iowa Senator Bill Anderson offered the following response: "I am pleased with the passage of Senate File 209 which renews funding to the Cherokee MHI. "I had the opportunity to meet with Department of Human Services Director, Chuck Palmer, and continued the discussion regarding the future of the MHI and thanks to this funding there will not be a disruption in services." "Governor Branstad and I remain committed to caring for Iowa's most vulnerable population and restoring this funding will have a positive impact on the entire community."
Cherokee MHI Superintendent Dr. Jason Smith was very pleased with the outcome of avoiding the budget slash. "We're pleased that we're not looking in a reduction of staff. If things don't change and stay where they are, there will not be any layoffs," explained Smith.
"We currently have 24 adult beds here at the MHI and six adolescent beds. Were looking forward to maintaining those numbers and we would like to see those numbers increase over the next year," said Smith.