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800 Iowans Attend Community Conversations on MH/DS Redesign

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Last year, the Iowa Legislature passed a massive redesign of the Mental Health & Disability Services System.  The changes go into affect over several years, but there was one big issue the Legislature didn't tackle last year.  Funding for the newly redesigned system.

More than 70 Iowans attend a community conversation in Iowa FallsSixteen communities have hosted "Community Conversations on Mental Health & Disability Services Redesign" wih the ID Action/infoNET team - Ames, Cedar Rapids, Cherokee, Clinton, Des Moines (twice!), Decorah, Dubuque, Estherville, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Sac City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Washington, and Waukon.  Nearly 800 Iowans have participated in these events.

Community Conversations open with a presentation by ID Action/infoNET explaining how the system changed, and end with a discussion about what advocates and community leaders can do next to make sure the system redesign is successful and meets the needs of all Iowans with disabilities.  

Four more communities will host these Community Conversations - Cedar Rapids (March TBA), Clarinda (January 30), Marshalltown (January 31), and Ottumwa (March 7).