Suzanne Watson named to DHS Mental Health redesign workgroup


August 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Central Point Coordinator for Pottawattamie County has been selected to become part of a large group of individuals who will recommend changes to Iowa’s Mental Health program. Suzanne Watson will serve on the Regional work group panel, along with Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer, and others. Palmer announced the selections Tuesday.

The purpose of the workgroups is to recommend sweeping changes in the deliver of mental health services. In a press release, Palmer said he’s gratified that Iowa’s “Most skilled and resourceful experts volunteered their service” for the groups, and that he’s confident that the result of their work will “Help to build a mental health delivery system that will meet the needs of customers and taxpayers alike.”

The groups, which are expected to convene later this month, must report their suggestions to the legislature by mid-December. Legislators, who declared their intent to redesign the current system, will in-turn, consider the recommendations when they return to the State Capital, in January.