Gov. Kim Reynolds signed bills Thursday that make sweeping changes in Iowa's mental health system and which require suicide prevention training for school employees.
More than 200 people attended an emotional bill-signing ceremony in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda where Reynolds was joined by parents and other family members of people who have experienced mental illness, including some who have taken their own lives. Many legislators, advocates,and other officials, including county sheriffs who deal with persons with mental illness, were also present.
House File 2456 expands mental health services, including the addition of six regional “access centers.” Those centers would help people who are having mental health crises, but don’t need hospitalization.
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