To join this conference call, dial: (641) 715-3272 and punch in the following access number: 570119#. There will be a 30 minute prep call before we begin talking with Jon Stewart.
The Heartland Health Clinic has recently taken over the psychiatric services for Bert Nash. This is a positive change for our community because Heartland qualifies for a greater level of governmental reimbursement than Bert Nash when providing treatment to people without insurance (potentially equaling more care).
Given this change, Heartland will play a major role in the creation of a Crisis Center, provided one is built. We have been researching a number of different approaches neighboring communities have taken in creating a Crisis Center, and have recently learned that certain parties are discussing plans at this time.
Our biggest worry is when such a facility would be open for service. We have been told that there would be a delay of three years from the time voters approve of funding to the opening of such a facility, if county funds are used to finance new construction. This is an unacceptable timetable given that people seeking in-patient mental health services are presently waiting up to 4 days in the Emergency Room. Our research shows that a viable alternative would be to use a renovated vacant building that can be ready to open within 90 days of signing the lease at a fraction of the costs of new construction.
This conversation with Jon Stewart, the Director of Heartland Community Health Center, is scheduled with an eye toward understanding the wheels that appear to be in motion to create such a facility. Most importantly, the timetable, costs and funding sources.
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