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Iowans invited to give input on children’s mental health services in October

Thursday, September 27, 2018

DES MOINES – Iowans are invited to provide input on children’s mental health needs at regional listening posts scheduled statewide beginning Oct. 2.

The listening posts will be hosted by Iowa’s area education agencies on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds through Executive Order 2 in April. The board is co-chaired by Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven and Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise.

Board members will review information gathered from the listening posts as part of their charge to develop recommendations to create a children’s mental health system. The recommendations are due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Listening post details are as follows:

  • Oct. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Northwest AEA
    940 Lincoln St. SW, LeMars
  • Oct. 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Prairie Lakes AEA
    500 NE 6th St., Pocahontas
  • Oct. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Heartland AEA
    6500 Corporate Dr., Johnston
  • Oct. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Fairfield Arts & Convention Center (Great Prairie AEA)
    200 North Main St., Fairfield
  • Oct. 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Green Hills AEA
    257 Swan St., Creston 
  • Oct. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium (Keystone AEA)
    210 Vernon St., Decorah
  • Oct. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Central Rivers AEA
    9184 265th St., Suite B, Clear Lake
  • Oct. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Grant Wood AEA
    4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids 
  • Oct. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Mississippi Bend AEA
    729 21st St., Bettendorf 

Iowa families who are unable to participate in the listening posts may provide input online in the following ways:

  • An online survey. The survey deadline is Oct. 12.
  • An online listening post will run from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4.
    To join from a computer, visit:
    To join by phone, call 1-646-876-9923. When prompted, enter meeting code 290-354-386. 

Visit the Children’s System State Board webpage on the Iowa Department of Human Services’ website for more information.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 28, 2021 at 2:49pm.