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Mental Health Delivery Systems in Iowa

adopted at the June 2009 State Convention

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports a coordinated and comprehensive state-funded mental health system that ensures convenient and equitable access to an established menu of mental health services for Iowans of all ages who need mental health services, and elimination of legal settlement.

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports adequate funding of a comprehensive menu of services, including those that promote early detection and treatment of mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Appropriate levels of care should be available that meet people’s needs in or near their home communities.

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports a mental health system that individualizes care to meet a person’s specific mental health needs and focuses on the person’s strengths and ability to recover.

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports a mental health system that is adequately funded and accountable to its consumers and communities by providing efficient, effective, and evidence-based programs and services.

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports sustained funding to expand effective programs that divert mentally ill individuals from the criminal justice system. Examples include mental health crisis intervention teams, jail diversion programs, and mental health courts.

The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports eradicating the stigma of mental illness and treating persons with mental health needs with the same respect, and treating their illnesses with the same urgency, as persons with other health needs.

Submitted by:
Mental Health Study Group: Nancy E. Brown, Ames League (chair); Carol Hagen, Upper Iowa League; Judy Meyers, Black Hawk/Bremer League; Jamie Sawin, Jasper County League

Read the Study which was completed in February 2009 and includes the proposed Position before the final Revision of April 2009.