Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.
The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July. That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.
What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.
Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department. She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.
Lee County could update a policy that affects every one of its employees.
Safety Coordinator BJ Stephens says she would like to do a complete re-write of the county’s safety plan. She says it would cover every aspect of county government by creating a streamlined approach to handling issues that multiple departments must address.
Board of Supervisors Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the goal is “to make our environment that our people work in and our residents come in to visit a very safe one.”