ANKENEY, Iowa (KWQC) – A private company that wants to build a mental health facility in the Quad Cities is back, making its case before a regulatory board. The State Health Facilities Council is meeting in Ankeny Tues., Oct, 11, 2016 and Strategic Behavioral Health is on the agenda to request approval for its plans.
Earlier today, seven people in support of the facility spoke. People who are opposed are waiting for their turn.
In March, 2016, the company, based in Memphis, tried to win approval for the 72-bed facility in Scott County, but the board failed to approve a Certificate of Need. It was due to a tied vote, and one board member was absent.
Quad City hospitals are opposed to the facility, saying there are enough beds for mental health care, just not enough medical professionals. Since the first board meeting in March, they have also expanded services.
Back then, Scott County Sheriff Dennis Conard told KWQC he supported the facility, claiming right now, he runs the largest mental health facility in the county, at the Scott County Jail.
“Nationwide the statistic runs about 60 percent in local jails that have either behavioral health issues or chemical dependency issues,” Conard said.
KWQC’s Bethany Dell is covering the meeting. Look for updates on KWQC-TV6 and KWQC.com