The decision by the Iowa Legislature to revamp the state’s mental health care system has counties struggling to determine their role in the new landscape.
The state will pay for Medicaid-related services, which means counties will receive less in reimbursements.
In response, Des Moines County established waiting lists for a wide variety of services.
CPC Administrator Ken Hyndman says the idea was to reduce spending in case the county’s budget runs short without certain state reimbursements.
Jason Parrott’s guest is Ryanne Wood, who is Lee County’s CPC Administrator. They talk about mental health care reform and what is being proposed in Des Moines by the Iowa Legislature.
Lawmakers are running out of time during the spring session and there is still plenty of work to do in the area of services for those with mental health or other developmental disabilities.
Some of the more common services include one-on-one sessions, drop-in centers or sheltred workshops.