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Board to discuss cuts to health services

Published 10:44am Monday, February 10, 2014

The county board is set to hear from a group of concerned residents over changes to the county’s adult mental health case management services at around 9:30 a.m. during Tuesday’s county board meeting.

The county cut case management providers for Mower County residents who get mental health services from six to two earlier this year and the decision goes into effect next month.

County officials say the move followed legislative recommendations to reform health care services and to enhance service quality for Mower residents, but many who receive mental health services are concerned with the move. Case managers essentially coordinate a team of specialists to help mental health patients, and a switch in case management could disrupt the routine and set patient care back, according to Ronnie Rosenberger, an Austin resident who receives mental health services from Mower County.

The group will try to persuade the board to keep current case management services.

The meeting opens in the county board room in the basement of the Mower County Government Center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with a department report from Sheriff Terese Amazi, followed by human services board at 9 a.m.

The board is also slated to approve an agreement with the city of Austin for law enforcement to enforce parking lot restrictions in the county’s lots.

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