Sat March 30, 2013
IA Governor approves mental health funding plan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law a bill that would give some counties a share of $11.6 million to continue treatment of mental health patients as the state transitions to a regional system.
The General Assembly approved the bill, which aids 26 of the 32 counties seeking extra funding to get them through this fiscal year.
Branstad signed the measure Thursday, though he had earlier voiced support for $3.8 million, a figure recommended by the Department of Human Services.
Lawmakers argued that the higher level of funding was needed because the mental health services in the state are struggling to provide services.
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