Major Woodbury County service could move across town
Woodbury County mental health services could be moving all of its employees to its Tri View Avenue office.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A major Woodbury County service could be moving soon.
Right now, the county's social services are split between two buildings. One is in the county courthouse. Those employees mostly work with the intellectually disabled.
Another building, off of Tri View Avenue, is for mental health services.
They share that with the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of moving everyone to the Tri View facility.
County leaders say they're already working closely with the VA.
"We refer to Veterans Affairs for those services because it's no longer such a stigma for a military family or person to receive mental health," said Patty Erickson-Puttmann, director of social services for Woodbury County.
This didn't happen without a little bit of controversy, though. Social services officials had already consulted an architect about possibly remodeling the building to add in the new workers.
That consultation will cost nearly $1,200. Some of the supervisors say social services officials should have run that request by the board, first.
Still, supervisors say the move to Tri View is likely.
"This provides better access, if you will, for the general public and the patients that we see to come. And there's better parking out there. It's just more accommodating," said George Boykin, Woodbury County supervisor.
There's no time frame for when the move would happen. Supervisors will likely discuss the topic again next week.
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