Get rid of the waitlist for the Children's Mental Health Waiver
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1,615 Iowa Children and their families are waiting for services they need to be safe and well. How will you answer them?
1,615 Iowa children currently need immediate access to the Children's Mental Health Waiver. The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows children to remain in their home as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their communities. Without this waiver, most families cannot afford the many needed evidence-based therapies that are not covered by insurance, they cannot afford needed respite, or locate basic services such as childcare that will work with children with severe mental illness.
Consider what two years means in the development of a child. Waiting not only makes the child's prognosis suffer, the mental health and physical safety of the family members is often in jeopardy, parents lose time at work and often employment trying to manage crises on their own.
Eliminating the waitlist is not only the right and decent thing to do, it is the medically preferable thing to do AND the financially prudent thing to do. The CMH waiver cannot exceed $1967 / month while institutional placement costs the state $5000 / month. Further, timely treatment and support services reduce the chance of the children ending up in the very expensive justice system and help them live up to their full potential as contributing members of society. Please do the right thing: make the CMH waiver immediately avaible to children in need.
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