Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Bill to Overhaul State’s Mental Health System, Including Substance Abuse Services

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa signs new Mental Health Reform Legislation

On Wednesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill aimed at revamping the state’s mental health system. The bill incorporates substance abuse services and reduces the number of mental health regions from 32 to 7 districts. Reynolds made the announcement at the Iowa Utility Association’s DEV24 conference at the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center.

The new system will see each of the seven districts have a lead agency and an advisory board to maintain local connections. There will also be a standard set of core services that each district must provide to ensure consistency in care across the state. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, led by Director Kelly Garcia, will be responsible for defining district boundaries, implementing performance metrics, and ensuring oversight of the system.

Reynolds expressed her pride in the bipartisan support the bill received from the legislature and highlighted the benefits of consolidating services into one unified behavioral health system. She emphasized that this change will improve care coordination and result in better outcomes for individuals in need of assistance.

In addition to signing the mental health overhaul bill, Reynolds also signed off on two more bills later that afternoon. One bill prohibits misleading food labels on certain products, while the other bill aims to protect producers by reinstating the livestock capital gains deduction. Overall, these legislative changes are expected to have a positive impact on mental health and substance abuse services in Iowa.

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