August 19, 2014


Tuesday, August 19,  2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church
800 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316-4304
Brown Bag Lunch

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To bring together and inform individuals and groups concerned about women in the Iowa correctional system and to act on their behalf.


ICIW Report – Warden Patti Wachtendorf or ICIW Representative
Fresh Start – Peggy Urtz
Treasurer – Rosemary Jungmann

In August we will continue a mental health theme with Teresa Bomhoff, chairperson of the Iowa Mental Health Planning Council and President of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Des Moines.

Teresa is a trained educator in the following NAMI programs – Family to Family, Provider Education, 30 Pearls, Hearing Voices, and Parents and Teachers as Allies. She has also completed the training course for Psychological First Aid, and is a trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

Teresa previously spoke to us in March of last year. She gave us a comprehensive report of 2013 Legislative priority talking points for the mental health and disability system. She will now be able to update us on what passed and what is still before the Legislature.

Our July presenter was Renee Schulte, former Iowa legislator and mental health therapist. Renee was elected to the Iowa House in 2010. She worked solely on the Mental Health Redesign, which passed in 2012. On July 1st of this year 15 regions for mental health treatment were established. Due to the population size, Polk County is one region.

Each region provides: crisis service, in and outpatient treatment, employment support, case management. Telemedicine and telehealth give the opportunity to use technology in treatment. There is a shortage of mental health nurses, our universities need professors to train them.

Mental health residential care facilities and sheltered workshops are shutting down across the country so people can be more integrated into the community. These legacy services done forever are very expensive and do not show good results. EMS workers are being trained to be more aware of mental illnesses and how to respond.

Previously Independent appeals went to DHS, if turned down they were referred back to DHS, now they are referred to the Administrative Law Judge. Thank you Renee, for a very informing presentation.

To be announced.


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