Anderson cheers passage of bill giving options to mental health patients
Mental health patients who have been involuntarily admitted for care would have more options under a bill sponsored by Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) that passed the General Assembly recently.
The measure, which creates a three-year program, gives Rock Island County and the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region the opportunity to exchange various services in the mental health field.
“When a family member, or a friend, is suffering from mental health issues, especially those that might warrant involuntary admission to a treatment facility, you want to ensure they have access to the best care possible,” Anderson said in a press release. “My legislation will allow Rock Island County, and the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region to exchange out-of-state mental health services, helping to ensure that people have access to the care they need.”
The measure also allows patients to receive treatment at the Robert Young Center in the Quad Cities, which Anderson described as a state-of-the-art facility for mental health care.