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Branstad agrees to keeping 2 mental health institutions open

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Governor Branstad signs bills into law earlier this year Governor Branstad signs bills into law earlier this year
DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad agrees to keep two mental health institutions open.

Under the plan, the state would continue to operate the facility in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda through December 15. However, a private company would take over in 2016.

The Des Moines Register reports, about 150 workers would lose their jobs if the two hospitals closed.

AMFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan opposes the agreement, saying in a press release, “This agreement does not meet the needs of Iowans facing mental health challenges...Outsourcing the services provided by these facilities is not needed because the existing workers are experienced and providing high quality mental health services. There is no valid reason for the governor to outsource these facilities unless his emphasis is on cutting costs by severely limiting services.”

The changes still need to be approved by the Iowa House and Senate.

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