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Iowa lawmakers look to redesign the state's mental health system

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Iowa Lawmakers say the shootings give them even more urgency to their redesign of the state's mental health system.

Last spring, lawmakers passed a plan that replaces county based services with a regionalized system.

Tuesday at the statehouse, lawmakers spent part of their meeting focusing on the needs of children with mental health issues.

They'll work to improve services so the state doesn't have to send kids to other states, as well as form better collaborative individualized care

"There are people in our community that need our support," Iowa City Democrat Joe Bolkcom said. "I think our job is to make sure going forward we have the best mental health service system available to all our families and all our Iowans."

One idea they'll consider next session is to form the Iowa Children's Cabinet, unitizing more people and agencies that will work to bring better service.

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