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      Mental health system transition progresses in Wapello County

      Mental health redesign is gaining momentum in Southeast Iowa.

      The Wapello County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday evening discussing the next steps in the transition from a county-based mental health delivery system to a regional system consisting of three regions. Wapello, Appanoose and Davis Counties make up these three counties. Regionalizing adult mental health and disability service systems was encouraged by the Department of Health Services and is now state code. Wapello County Supervisors unanimously approved the proposal on the agenda Tuesday night, to receive technical assistance from the DHS to guide them through the process.

      â??There's going to be a lot of confusion during this transition from the county to region based program, so we don't want people to fall through the cracks,â?? Wapello County Supervisor Steve Siegel said. â??There may be some funding issues. We'll have to see but at least in the short run here, we're optimistic we can make it work.â??

      Siegel says the next steps are formulating an agreement between the three counties, especially in terms of how to divvy up expenses and revenue. The state is funding the entire transition, which costs the state around $2,500 for the region.