Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) without legislative input or approval. Already, some employees have received termination notices and patients are no longer being accepted at the MHI’s.
The Clarinda MHI provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services through its Acute Psychiatric Program. The institute’s gero-psychiatric program provides nursing home beds for persons with mental illnesses. In addition, the Mt. Pleasant MHI provides active inpatient treatment to adults through the following programs:
- Center for Psychiatric Care (Adult Psychiatric).
- Iowa Residential Treatment Center (Substance Abuse)
- Dual Diagnosis Program (Psychiatric & Substance Abuse)
As part of the Health and Human Services budget bill, the House Majority party proposed a plan to delay the closure of the two institutes by six months. The plan does not provide enough funding to keep the institutes open and provide the needed services to Iowans.
Many lawmakers support a plan passed by the Iowa Senate that would fully fund the institutes and keep them open. This plan supports the highly trained employees and the high quality services that are provided to Iowans.
On the final vote, the House Majority passed the plan to close the institutes in mid-December of 2015. The bill, including this proposal, now goes back to the Senate for consideration.