David Pitt from the Associated Press stated in an article in the Times-Republican that news from Des Moines Iowa is that…
Changes to Iowa’s mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs.1
The article went on to say that….
County officials blame a new state law that shifts control over Medicaid-funded mental health services from counties to the state. The change is part of larger reforms of Iowa’s mental health care system designed to make services more uniform, in part by taking control away each of Iowa’s 99 counties.1
This is a particularly sad and worrying piece of news in my opinion and I encourage folk to read the full article which can be found here.
Being from Ireland I am not sure how it all works in the USA and one question I do have is…
Whilst I understand from reading this article that this news is localized to Iowa, is it as a result of a National trend or legislation and is the same thing likely to happen in other states within the USA?