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Strategic Action Plan approved for Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)  The Linn County Board of Supervisors has approved a new action plan for the future.

It's Linn County's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Services Strategic Action Plan for FY 2010-2012. MHDD Services in all Iowa counties are required to update their action plans every three years to qualify for state funding.

The Linn County plan was prepared by the county's MHDD advisory board and staff and includes six goals:

  • Goal I: To analyze the existing MHDD management system to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvements.
  • Goal II: To review quality assurance and MHDD utilization data to improve services.
  • Goal III: To monitor and maintain awareness of the changing environment that may impact MHDD funding and services.
  • Goal IV: To prioritize unmet needs on an annual basis.
  • Goal V: To analyze service priorities identified on the annual MHDD Unmet Needs Prioritization Listing (developed in October of each fiscal year).
  • Goal VI: To develop enhanced or new services strategies as appropriate to address unmet needs.


MHDD staff will work closely with consumers, individuals who have been denied services, service providers and others in the community to determine where improvements are needed and what impact services or lack of services are having on consumers' lives. The plan takes effect July 1, 2009.

The Board of Supervisors also approved a budget reduction of $670,248 for MHDD services. The reductions were necessary due to budget cuts at the state level. "In most cases, consumers will still receive services, but the service provider will change, or such things as staff to client ratios will increase so that services will be less expensive," said Craig Wood, director of Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services.  "If there are additional state cuts as a result of the recent Revenue Estimating Conference report, we might have to revisit our budget."

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele
Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Services is the county agency responsible for managing the financing of services for people with mental retardation, mental illness, or developmental disabilities. The agency also provides direct services for people with disabilities through the following programs:

  • Service Coordination/Client Counseling
  • Supervised Apartment Living
  • In-Home Services
  • Client Financial Services (Payee)
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