Clarinda, IA | (March 2, 2018)
Iowa 3rdDistrict Congressman David Young and Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven conducted a two-hour mental health round table discussion Friday afternoon at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. More than 3 dozen mental health stakeholders had an opportunity to share their views on the current state of mental health services available in southwest Iowa.
The invited guests came from various segments of the mental health delivery system, including law enforcement, hospital emergency room personnel, counselors, mental health advocates, school administrators and city & county officials.
The round table was requested by Congressman Young. “Today’s roundtable was helpful for me as Congress continues to address mental health,” said Congressman Young. “I’ve supported increased mental health funding through legislation like the 21stCentury Cures Act and the Make America Secure and Prosperous Act and today’s discussion demonstrated why we need increased funding for mental health initiatives.”
Among other things during the discussion, Director Foxhoven brought the group up-to-date on the latest mental health legislation being considered in the Iowa statehouse. Foxhoven was appointed Director of the Department of Human Services in June of last year.
Several stakeholders shared their frustration about the lack of in-patient mental health beds now available following the closure of the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Law enforcement expressed frustration over the resource strain created by excessively long transport distances for committed individuals in need of an in-patient bed.
School security and mental health services for veterans were also topics discussed during the two-hour session.