Taylor asks Governor to delay layoffs until firsthand tour

Written by Theresa Rose on February 20, 2015

(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad has been invited to tour the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute he is seeking to abruptly shut down. State Senator Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant invited the Governor to “see firsthand the services provided there to families from across the state of Iowa.”

Taylor also asked the Governor to “cease all lay-off notices for the hard-working employees of the MHI” until he has visited the facility.

Here is the complete text of the letter:

Dear Governor Branstad,

I invite you to visit the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant. I believe you need to see firsthand the services provided there to families from across the state of Iowa.

I’m available any day, any time to join you on a tour of this important facility.

Until you see this facility firsthand, I appeal to you to cease all lay-off notices for the hard-working employees of the MHI.

At MHI, skilled professionals perform services unavailable elsewhere in Iowa. Patients most often arrive in Mount Pleasant because their local options failed to meet their needs–and sometimes the safety concerns of their communities.

The provision of mental health services to seriously ill people and their families is not a trivial matter. It requires experienced caregivers working in a setting that is safe and secure for patients, workers and the general public.

I’m sure you share my interest in avoiding hasty, uninformed, and possibly dangerous decisions that could negatively affect the health and safety of Iowans.