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Supervisors begin talks to form new mental health region

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A number of Northwest Iowa counties are trying to enact a new model for mental health care.

Last July, the Iowa legislature approved a change designed to equalize mental health services across the state.  There will be one mental health tax levy rate implemented across all 99 counties.

Counties will have to form, or join, a region with a mental health center, and to offer psychiatric services.  Woodbury County Supervisors say they are now in talks with Plymouth, Sioux, and Cherokee Counties to form a region.

"So we thought it would be best for us to sit down and discuss with the other three counties that I have mentioned, because they indicated an interest in working with Woodbury County. And we're looking at a 20 year agreement and how it's going to work among ourselves," 1st District, Woodbury County Supervisor George Boykin said.

The deadline for Iowa counties to form or join a region is April 1, 2013.

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