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Supervisors get update on Mental Health Regionalization Plan

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz on Tuesday, who updated the Board on the Mental Health Services Regionalization Plan for the State of Iowa.

The Iowa Legislature approved last spring to direct the Department of Human Services to recommend a complete redesign of Iowa's current system of delivering mental health care to those eligible for government services.

Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer has appointed workgroups to address core services and delivery systems with recommendations due to legislators in December.

Langlitz described to the Board the many recommendations made by the workgroups such as: governance, financials, formation of regions, contract negotiations, regional administration, implementation of systems. and what the workgroups still need to look into.

Langlitz informed the Board that these points have not been included in the final report to the legislature from the regional workgroup.

Members of the regional workgroup have shared these points and while they may be made as recommendations, it does not necessarily mean they will be included in the final outcome of the redesign.

In other business, the Board met with Cherokee County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt to approve two mobile home tax abatements. The first abatement was in the amount of $1,331 and the second was in the amount of $3,100. According to Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke, the homes have not been in the county for the past five years but have been on the treasurer's tax list of mobile homes.

The Board approved the abatements. Brandt also sought the Board's approval for tax suspensions per Department of Human Services for clients that qualify income wise to have their taxes suspended. The Board approved the tax suspensions.

Cherokee County Engineer Project Manager Brandon Billing requested a utility permit on behalf of Century Link for an underground line in Section 30 of Cherokee Township. The Board approved the permit.

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