Fred Hubbell, the Democratic nominee for governor of Iowa, was in Sioux City Monday attending a roundtable discussion on mental health at the Jackson Recovery Center.
Hubbell heard concerns about a lack of funding and resources to provide adequate care for adults and children afflicted with mental illness and addiction.
He blames that lack of resources on budget cuts by the current Republican administration in Des Moines:
OC……..getting any funding. ;23
Hubbell wants to see more investment in community based treatment, including adding 50-75 long-term care beds, establishing a youth mental health system, and investing in diversion and substance abuse programs.
He says those initiatives can be funded by cutting back on what he calls corporate tax giveaways by the state:
OC………fund the public safety. ;20
Kermit Dahlen, C-E-O of Jackson Recovery Centers, says the need for more resources isn’t a partisan issue:
OC………. some improvements. ;25
Hubbell later conducted a similar roundtable in Council Bluffs.