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Governor Reynolds signed a bill on Wednesday to revamp Iowa’s mental health system by incorporating substance abuse services and reducing the number of mental health regions from 32 to 7 districts. The signing took place at the Iowa Utility Association’s DEV24 conference at the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center. Governor Reynolds emphasized the importance of the new system in providing better coordinated care and improved outcomes for individuals. She highlighted the bipartisan support the legislation received and expressed her commitment to delivering the services that Iowans deserve.

Under the new system, each district will have a lead agency and an advisory board to maintain strong local connections. Additionally, all districts will be required to offer a standard set of core services to ensure consistent care across the state. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, led by Director Kelly Garcia, will play a key role in defining district boundaries, implementing performance metrics, and providing oversight of the system.

The Governor is also set to sign two more bills on Wednesday afternoon. One bill aims to prohibit misleading food labels on certain food products, while the other bill is designed to protect producers by reinstating the livestock capital gains deduction. The Governor’s actions reflect her commitment to addressing key issues in Iowa and ensuring the well-being of its residents.

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