mental health

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After a tsunami of negative emotions, can we find saving grace?

BY: - August 1, 2021

In the past few years people have weathered a tsunami of negative emotions, triggered by political strife, economic hardship and global pandemic. How many have you experienced in the list below? Fear Anger Disgust Rage Annoyance Sadness Loneliness Melancholy Social media spread those emotions among the populace. The Brookings Institution used Twitter data to document […]

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Experts sidelined so Reynolds gets ‘credit’ for mental health program

BY: - July 19, 2021

If a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth, as journalist Michael Kinsley famously wrote, what do you call it when a bureaucrat blurts out the real story about a politician? That may be what happened last week, when an official from the Iowa Department of Education was apparently trying to mollify members of […]

Center for School Mental Health leaders pledge teamwork after surprise announcement

BY: - July 13, 2021

Leaders of the new Center for School Mental Health met Tuesday with a state group responsible for the children’s mental health system and pledged collaboration on the $20 million project. It was the first such public meeting since the project’s announcement in late June, which stakeholders said took them by surprise and was planned specifically […]

Mental health groups say they were unaware of new $20 million program

BY: - July 12, 2021

Key stakeholder groups were left in the dark during formation of a new federally funded, school-based program for children's mental health.

Reynolds announces $20 million school mental health program

BY: - June 23, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced several new education programs Wednesday, including a $20 million initiative to offer additional mental health resources to Iowa schools.  The Iowa Center for School Mental Health is a partnership between the Department of Education and the University of Iowa. College of Education Dean Daniel Clay said the center will serve three […]

Reynolds signs major tax cuts into law, promises more to come

BY: - June 16, 2021

AMES, Ia. — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a massive tax law Wednesday that will accelerate income tax cuts, phase out the inheritance tax and property tax backfill, and fund the state’s mental health system through a state appropriation. “Iowa is already overcoming a lot of headwinds,” Reynolds said, touting the state’s post-pandemic recovery rate. “The […]

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Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open highlights how prioritizing mental wellness goes against the rules, on the court and off

BY: and - June 5, 2021

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka announced that she would withdraw from the French Open after she was fined and threatened with being disqualified for not speaking to media during the tournament to protect her mental health. French Open officials and others initially reacted not with concern but by criticizing her for not fulfilling her obligations. […]

How to build better health habits after the pandemic year

BY: - May 31, 2021

The U.S. is in far different shape today than it was last Memorial Day, and many Americans are, too. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, undesired changes in weight driven by pandemic stress are widespread: 42% of adults reported gaining weight, with a median weight gain of 15 pounds, while 18% […]

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Massive tax proposal, with changes to mental health funding, passes House and Senate

BY: - May 18, 2021

Iowa lawmakers sent a sweeping tax proposal Tuesday to Gov. Kim Reynolds that will accelerate income tax cuts, eliminate the inheritance tax and fund the state’s mental health and disability services system through state appropriations. “This is an easy vote for me,” Rep. Dustin Hite, R-New Sharon, said. “I’m going to side with the Iowa […]

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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 tax plan advances amid bipartisan opposition to Senate’s mental health change

BY: - May 6, 2021

Democrats in the Iowa House lined up behind Republicans’ tax proposal for one main reason, Rep. Charles Isenhart said Thursday: “It’s not the Senate bill.” Lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance the House tax proposal. The bill would remove triggers for the 2018 tax cuts, phase out […]

Business leaders praise Reynolds’ budget proposal, including new transit funding plan

BY: - May 5, 2021

A budget compromise proposed by Gov. Kim Reynolds Wednesday contains many of the legislative priorities of Iowa business groups and a plan to fund transit systems in part with hotel-motel taxes. Reynolds’ plan would set up a new round of tax cuts by removing economic thresholds, or “triggers,” required under previous legislation. It also would […]