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Mental Health in Iowa: A System in Crisis

Although Iowa has made attempts to improve its behavioral health care delivery system, the system remains fragmented and is in need of more – more financial resources, more health care providers, more access points for patients needing services and more community resources to keep behavioral health patients healthy and close to home.

Iowa's hospitals are leading the call for investing in and improving the system and IHA is providing this web page as a resource for anyone who wants to better understand the issues and possible solutions.


A Success Story in Centerville

During a mental health crisis, immediate support is critical. But in many Iowa communities, the hospital emergency room is the only place to turn for help.

But that has changed in one southern Iowa county, thanks to a broad coalition of community partners, led by the local hospital, with a joint goal to improve mental health access. Through this initiative, local providers are coordinating their efforts to intervene with existing local resources, providing the right care at the right time, close to home. Watch the video below or read more here.

IHA Resources

IHA position paper on behavioral health

Mental health care in Iowa is fragmented and costly

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