Dickinson Co. Supervisors Again Delay Decision On Possibly Opting Into Another Mental Health Service Region

Thu 11-7-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- Whether or not Dickinson county will be moving to another mental health service region remains a question. The Board of Supervisors took no action in a special meeting late Thursday on the possibility of the county leaving Northwest Iowa Care Connections and joining Sioux Rivers.

The supervisors met with CEO's of both service regions and reviewed finances and other information during the session. Mental health service regions throughout the state are struggling with finances, and many say they'll be forced to raise their levies the maximum amount allowed in order to stay afloat. Even then, many say they will still be in dire straights as they're forced to take on new state mandates, including children's mental health services.

Supervisors again Thursday mulled over pros and cons of moving into a new service region and staying in the existing one. Supervisor Kim Wermersen told KUOO news to him the decision is going to come down to two things in particular...Wermersen (1) 

"I think the biggest concern for me is that the folks that need the help in Dickinson county are getting the services that they need. That's the top priority. The second thing is where do we align best for sustainability so that we can accomplish both those things together."

Saying they need more time to review information presented at Thursday's meeting, they opted to put off making a decision until their next regular meeting this coming Tuesday. Under state law, they have until November 15th in which to decide whether or not they will file a letter of intent to move to the Sioux Rivers region.