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Senate approves overhaul of Iowa's mental health system

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

 

The Senate has easily approved a proposed overhaul of Iowa's mental health system.

The measure approved Monday would put in place statewide standards for mental care.
Regional units will now coordinate services, replacing a county-based system.

Des Moines Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch said the measure would cost $42 million in the first year.

The measure approved Monday doesn't include funding. Hatch said there would be more debate later in the session about how to pay for the new approach.

The change was designed to ensure all Iowans get similar services, as residents of some counties now receive less than others

The Senate approved the package on a 32-18 vote.
The measure now heads to the House.

 

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