Petition Closed On the Shutdown of Iowa State Hospitals

I decided to close my petition on improving inpatient mental health care in Iowa yesterday because there have been no new signatures in a couple of weeks. Governor Branstad and the state legislature are still not working with each other and he’s never “collaborated” with UIHC Psychiatry that I know of. Layoffs of Mt. Pleasant workers are occurring. It’s likely that the two Mental Health Insitutes (MHIs) will close.

I think Iowa needs a vision for inpatient mental health care that comes closer to that which resulted in the creation of the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. I have not heard anyone say that community mental health resources are ready to pick up the slack when the two state hospitals close. Representative Dave Heaton got a standing ovation for his speech on Tuesday decrying Branstad’s action.

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While there are differences of opinion amongst those of us who disagree with Branstad on the point of closing the MHIs, I see unity in the goal of improving mental health care in Iowa.