Governor Reynolds’s policies have put Iowa next to last in the country for mental health services, but in her new ad, Reynolds wants to take credit for a bipartisan mental health bill she can’t even fully fund because of her fiscal mismanagement.
Here’s Reynolds’ real record on mental health:
CLOSING MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES
Reynolds was a “full partner” in the administration that closed mental health facilities in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda, cutting off access to mental health care for thousands of rural Iowa families.
Three patients from the Clarinda hospital died shortly after being transferred because the facility closed.
Another innovative mental health clinic was forced to close because of Reynolds’ Medicaid disaster crippled them financially.
CUTTING MILLIONS FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Iowa’s Department of Human Services manages mental health services for all Iowans, but Kim Reynolds cut $4.3 million from the last three months of their 2018 budget alone.
ENABLING INADEQUATE CARE
Bowing to Republican special interests, Reynolds signed legislation that allowed woefully inadequate health plans to undermine Iowans’ right to basic health care services, including mental health treatment.
By allowing sham insurance plans to avoid covering mental health care, Reynolds has created more barriers to care and endangered the livelihoods of mental health providers.
IOWA DEAD LAST IN COUNTRY FOR MENTAL HEALTH BEDS
According to a report from the Treatment Advocacy Center, Iowa only has 64 mental health bed for adults, putting us dead last in the nation for that emergency service.
“Unfortunately for Governor Reynolds and the rest of Iowa, one misleading political ad won’t change the fact that thousands of families lack access to critical mental health care. Even when good solutions are proposed, we can’t fund them because Reynolds tanked the budget. That’s wrong, but Democrats will make it right this November,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.