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Union president and legislators file suit to reopen mental health facilities

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A lawsuit has been filed to try and reopen mental health facilities in Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda.

The suit is filed in Polk County against Governor Terry Branstad and Charles Palmer, the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

In a news release, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan said, "Iowa law clearly states that the State of Iowa shall operate Mental Health Institutes in Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda. This was the law when the governor announced his decision to close these facilities. This was the law when the legislature passed, with bipartisan support, the funding to keep these facilities open. This was the law when he closed these two facilities. It is still the law today.”

Homan filed the suit along with these 20 state legislators: Senator Rich Taylor, Representative Jerry Kearns, Representative Mark Smith, Senator Thomas Courtney, Senator Janet Petersen, Representative Bruce Hunter, Representative Curt Hanson, Senator Tony Bisignano, Senator Herman Quirmbach, Senator Dick Dearden, Representative Art Staed, Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, Representative Jo Oldson, Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, Representative Sharon Steckman, Representative Todd Taylor, Representative Mary Gaskill, Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Representative Timi Brown-Powers, and Representative Dave Jacoby.

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