Iowa mental health

New health concerns emerge post-pandemic

BY: - June 17, 2021

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in Iowa, health professionals are voicing concerns about post-pandemic health issues.  The main concerns in the state are still related to the pandemic, both physically — with post-COVID syndrome and inflammation issues — and mentally. With hospitals, medical centers, and health clinics returning to full volumes, they are still […]

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‘If we don’t do it now … this is never going to happen’: Senators advance mental health tax cut

BY: - May 10, 2021

There’s still no agreement between the House and Senate on taxes as both chambers advance mismatched proposals. The Senate held a meeting Monday about Senate File 1276, the tax “compromise” proposed last week by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The House has not agreed to the proposal. Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, said Reynolds’ plan was “the […]

House and Senate still far apart on mental health property tax, inheritance tax timeline

BY: - May 5, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Senate Republicans are in agreement on a tax proposal that would shift mental health funding to the state, accelerate income tax cuts and eliminate the inheritance tax. But House leadership is holding back, arguing that more planning is necessary for some major tax changes. Reynolds rolled out her “compromise” proposal at […]

Reynolds proposes mental-health overhaul and $400 million in tax cuts

BY: - May 5, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she has assembled a “compromise” budget plan that will phase out Iowa’s property tax-based mental health system and provide $400 million in tax cuts for Iowans. The proposed budget, she said, repeals the inheritance tax, expands child care and workforce housing, and creates what she called “sustainable funding […]

Mental health funding bill advances in back-to-back meetings

BY: - April 1, 2021

A wide-ranging tax bill that includes a shift in mental health funding moved through back-to-back meetings on Thursday morning, marking the proposal eligible for floor debate. Senate File 587 would change how Iowa funds mental health services, accelerate income tax cuts and reduce tax breaks for preserved forest land. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 12-8 […]

Reynolds hits ‘pause’ on Invest in Iowa Act program

BY: - January 7, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she is “pausing” one of her centerpiece proposals on mental health and environmental programs because of COVID-19’s effect on the economy. Reynolds had originally shelved the Invest in Iowa Act late last session when the economic disruption of the coronavirus pandemic had made a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase […]

COMMENTARY

Iowans must fight again for state support of mental health

BY: - November 23, 2020

Two years ago, Iowa had a breakthrough. After decades of dedicated but frustrating work by many Iowans, policymakers finally made progress on addressing urgent needs for mental health services. But they didn’t finish the job. Now, COVID-19 has heightened the need for these services while creating complications and hurdles no one ever imagined back in […]

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‘Torture’ case could cost Iowa taxpayers $5 million in legal fees

BY: - July 3, 2020

Iowa taxpayers could be hit with almost $5 million in legal expenses tied to a recent court decision finding the state had “tortured” youth housed at the Boys State Training School in Eldora. In March, U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose held the state liable for violating the constitutional rights of children at the school, which […]

Iowa economic development director: Invest in Iowa Act likely dead for this session

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa’s economic development director on Thursday said the governor’s signature plan to boost spending on mental health, outdoor recreation and water quality appears to be dead for this session. The Invest in Iowa Act, which calls for a one-cent increase in the state sales taxes and offsetting cuts in property taxes, was at the top […]

Interest groups line up to praise Invest in Iowa Act; lawmakers express concerns

BY: - March 4, 2020

Stakeholders lined up in a State Capitol conference room on Wednesday to sing the praises of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to raise Iowa’s sales tax to pay for environmental programs, mental health services and reductions in income and property taxes. Lawmakers, however, aren’t yet tuning up to advance the legislation. A Senate subcommittee heard public […]

McCoy: ‘Something drastic’ is needed on mental-health funding

BY: - February 28, 2020

With the fate of the governor’s tax proposal still up in the air, Polk County Health Services is unsure whether, or how, it will meet the county’s mental health needs come July 1st. Depending on what the Iowa Legislature chooses to do, the county could be faced with a $14 million hole in its planned […]

Reynolds launches town-hall tour to promote Invest in Iowa Act

BY: - February 12, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds launched a town-hall tour on Wednesday to promote her proposed Invest in Iowa Act. House Study Bill 657 would raise the state sales tax to generate an estimated $540 million for environmental programs, mental health resources and income-tax relief. “I’m going to go out there and drive this,” Reynolds said during her […]