Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.
The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July. That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.
What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.
Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department. She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.
The Tri-State Development Summit has formed in 1996, following the historic Flood of 1993.
The organization brings together communities leaders from several dozen counties in west-central Illinois, southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri.
One of its standing committees focuses on housing needs in the tri-state region. To assist in its efforts, a special day-long summit was held on the campus of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.