Senator Jack Hatch on signing of bipartisan bill to improve Mental Health and Disability Services
WATERLOO, May 25, 2012 – “The Governor’s signature on Senate File 2315 will begin a sweeping overhaul of how our state provides mental health and disability services to Iowans who need them.
“Months of work among hundreds of individuals and organizations from all across Iowa culminated in recommendations we see in this legislation to redesign the mental health and disability services system. It was a bipartisan effort, with legislators working together and taking the suggestions of consumers, health care providers and other concerned Iowans on how to best organize the new system.
“Thanks to this redesigned system, all Iowans will get high-quality services regardless of where they live. Regional management will save money, eliminate administrative duplication and offer consistency in both rural and urban counties.”
|Overview of new Mental Health and Disability Services law The redesigned Mental Health and Disability Services system will provide Iowans better access to mental health services by moving the delivery of mental health and disability services for adults away from an individual county delivery system to a regional delivery system.
Senate File 2315 creates a new structure in which:
• The State will set the standards
• The Region will administer the services
• Services will be provided locally
Regional management was recommended for several reasons, including achieving economies of scale, reducing duplication of administration; giving rural counties the opportunity to draw on capacities of urban counties; ensuring consistent, equitable, simplified access to a full array of core services; and providing a clear point of accountability and responsibility
Regional management will save money, eliminate administrative duplication and offer consistency in both rural and urban counties. Clients will maintain local access to services and service coordination.