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Aug. 11, 2011

At A Glance

UI faculty to lead Iowa workgroup on mental health redesign

Two University of Iowa faculty members have been appointed to an Iowa Department of Human Services workgroup charged with recommending sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services in Iowa.

Christopher Atchison, UI professor of health management and policy and director of the State Hygienic Lab at the UI, will co-chair a workgroup on adult mental health services. Atchison is also associate dean for public health practice in the UI College of Public Health. Michael Flaum, professor of clinical psychiatry in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, also will serve on the Adult Mental Health Workgroup.

Legislation approved in 2011 calls for the establishment of several committees to recommend changes to the current mental health system. The work is divided into several groups, including adult mental health, brain injury, children's disability, intellectual disability services and regional services. The groups must report their suggestions by mid-December and legislators will consider the recommendations when they return for the 2012 session of the General Assembly in January.


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