MENTAL HEALTH: Iowa Senate Approves Reform

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The Iowa Senate has tackled reform in the state’s mental health system.

It approved a plan that would restructure and expand services for the mentally ill and intellectually disabled.

While the measure has broad support, there are concerns about how the state will pay for the changes. The Department of Human Services is asking the legislature for $133 million over five years.

The Iowa House could debate the bill as early as next week.

Before that happens, state senator Jack Hatch will meet with several mental health experts during a community forum on the issue. The public is also invited to comment and ask questions about the bill.

The forum starts at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Walnut Hills United Methodist Church in Urbandale.