At their weekly meeting Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz to discuss State-mandated changes in providing mental health services.
The State legislature has said that the state will be divided into regions, and mental health services provided regionally. The legislature has not yet written rules for implementing the new system, however, and that has led to uncertainty among providers throughout the state.
Cherokee County belongs to a consortium of 11 Northwest Iowa counties, and supervisors discussed the possibility of joining those counties in providing consumers with mental health services in this region. Another possibility that was discussed was joining with only a couple of other counties, but the consensus of the Board was that there was "strength in numbers," and they directed Langlitz to relay the Board's desire to remain in the consortium to Mark Monson of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.
The Board stressed, though, that nothing has been signed to this effect, so if circumstances arise that would necessitate a change in that plan, it could be easily accomplished.
In other business, Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen presented a final payout payment of $120.88 for part-time Law Enforcement Center employee Don Jennings, and this was approved by the Board. Petersen also presented a pay adjustment for an employee who has reached his one year anniversary of employment, and the Board approved a raise from $14.06/hour to $14.39/hour for that employee, Dan Holmes.
The Supervisors also discussed the possibility of signing a contract with Iowa Negotiation Services, Inc., a proposal that was made by INS at last week's meeting. County Attorney Ryan Kolpin appeared before the Board to say that he had received only one response so far from the counties he had contacted regarding their experiences with Iowa Negotiations Services, and that that county had just signed their contract and hadn't used any services yet. The issue was tabled until next week's meeting, in the hope that Kolpin will hear from more sources this week. Iowa Negotiations is expecting an answer from the County by October 1.
CAEDC Director Mark Buschkamp was present to discuss the request for Board support of the Northwest Iowa Developers Foreign Trade Zone, a potential boost for any current or future business which imports from foreign countries, and Board Chairman Dean Schmidt signed a letter of support of behalf of the Supervisors.