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City of Clive Hosting Public Education Meeting on Mental Health

CLIVE, Iowa  --  A new option may soon be available in the metro for those seeking treatment for mental health problems.

Mercy Medical Center has proposed a stand-alone mental health hospital in Clive. If approved, the hospital will be located on the west side of 114th Street, across from Mercy's Urgent Care West facility.

First, though, the city wants to help educate the community on mental health. Clive City Manager Matt McQuillen said a public meeting to discuss the subject will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health effects how people feel, think and act, and impacts people’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

“What we are looking for is to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get information directly from some great sources on mental health care and get their questions answered,” McQuillen said.

Speakers at the meeting include Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena, Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Mercy Medical Center Des Moines Vice President of Planning and Business Development Sandy Swanson, and Executive Director of National Alliance Mental Illness Iowa Peggy Huppert.

Huppert’s presentation will go into detail about how mental health affects Iowans each day, children’s health, suicide, in-patient treatment, lack of providers, and the criminalization of mental illness.

“I think that the conversation of mental health it is a lot different than it was maybe five years ago. I think that is partially due to some of the things happening at the national and state level, and a lot of resources that have been actively opening up the conversation about the need for more mental health beds in Iowa,” McQuillen said.

According to the CDC, the rate of suicides in Iowa has increased 36% over the last two decades.

The community education meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Special Events Building at the Clive Aquatic Center, located at 1801 NW 114th Street in Clive.