Governor’s Budget Doesn’t Fund MHIs in Mt. Pleasant or ClarindaWritten by Theresa Rose on January 14, 2015
Governor Branstad’s budget for the next fiscal year doesn’t include funding for the Mental Health Institutes in Mt. Pleasant or Clarinda. As to the future, Department of Human Services spokesperson Amy McCoy said they are still early in the process but staff in Mt. Pleasant were informed Wednesday morning that the 47 patients currently served at that facility would either be allowed to complete treatment or be transitioned to Independence or Cherokee. According to McCoy those facilities can be expanded and the number of available beds in the state wouldn’t decrease. Mt. Pleasant has a total of 9 adult psychiatric beds, 19 dual diagnosis beds and 50 general residential substance use disorder treatment beds. Approximately 42 jobs could be affected. Rep. Dave Heaton of Mt. Pleasant who is Chair of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services budget sub committee said the legislative session is just beginning and that more conversations on this subject will take place. He also wants to reassure the residents of Southeast Iowa that they will have a voice and that a final decision has not been made.