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Tammy Nyden's Blog (8)

The Iowa Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council is seeking applications for membership:

 

The Iowa Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council

is seeking applications for membership:

 

The Mental Health Planning Council (MHPC) is an advisory body to the State Mental Health Authority within the Iowa Department of Human Services.  The activities of the Council are intended to help support the creation and expansion of comprehensive, community-based systems of care for adults with serious mental illness and…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on September 22, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Please give your input on priorities for children's mental health advocacy

As the NAMI IOWA Children's Mental Health Committee (CMHC)  works to finalize our advocacy agenda for the upcoming legislative session, we are looking for input from families and professionals working with children with mental health needs. Please take the time to fill out the following survey: …

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Added by Tammy Nyden on September 14, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

Call Gov. Branstad right way and tell him not to veto the reduction of the waiting list of the Home Health Care Waivers!

The legislature approved $7 million to go towards reducing the waiting list of home health care waivers, including the Children's Mental Health Waiver, which provides essential services to children with serious mental illness [The Health and Human Services Budget (House File 2463)] . Please contact Govenor Brandstad right away and tell him why it is important that he does NOT veto this line of the budget this year (the way he vetoed it last year.) The waiting list is now over two years and…
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Added by Tammy Nyden on May 13, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

HAPPY HAPPY DAY! (Great news on the Waiver issue)

See the video of Senator Hatch last night saying the budget was approved for $7million to buy down the waiting list for the waivers AND the governor has agreed to approve it! Thank you everyone for your hard work - together we can make a difference!…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on April 30, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments

IPR News looking for family on CMH Waiver to describe what it has meant to them

Durrie Bouscaren of Iowa Public Radio News is looking to do a story about how important the CMH waiver is. She is ideally looking for a family that has been on the waiver, that can meet with her in person and talk about how it has helped them. If you are interested in being interviewed please contact her at: 515-725-1716

dbouscaren@iowapublicreadio.org

Please consider doing this - the more the public understands what the…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on April 29, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Waiver Update and future advocacy

Here is the preliminary budget from the Iowa Legislative Health and Human Services Conference Committee. The committee reached a compromise of $6 million to new funding to take people off of the HCBS Waivers (which includes the…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on April 29, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments

Update on Waiver Waiting Lists and what your can still do:

Funding is needed to reduce the current waiting lists for services under the Health and Disability Waiver (2,793), Physical Disabilities Waiver (2,239), Children’s Mental Health waiver (1,644), and Brain Injury Waiver (914). It is estimated that more than $8 million is needed to eliminate current waiver waiting lists.

The Health and Human Services Budget (House File 2463) passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee late Thursday afternoon (April 17). The committee passed…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on April 25, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Help us get rid of the two year waiting list for the Children's Mental Health Waiver

Kids in Iowa with Serious Emotional Disturbance must now wait TWO YEARS to get the Medicaid Home and Community Based Children’s Mental Health Waiver (HCBS CMH). The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows these children to remain in their own home and communities, as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their homes. Think about what two years means in the development of a child. 

The Iowa Legislature is currently discussing the budget and…

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Added by Tammy Nyden on March 17, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

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