Plans for mental health facility on hold with tie vote

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ANKENY, Iowa (KWQC) – Another request to build a private mental health facility in Scott County failed to get approval. Votes were again split during a State Health Facilities Board meeting Thurs. Oct. 27, 2016.

Strategic Behavioral Health wants to build a 72-bed facility in Bettendorf, but before the private company can proceed, the board needs to approve a Certificate of Need. They were up against mental health services already offered in the Quad Cities and claims the additional bed space isn’t needed.

During the meeting, only four out of five board members were present and the vote was tied. That’s a similar situation to a vote earlier this year. This time, after hours of testimony, representatives with the company are disappointed.

“Here we are at the culmination, and uh, still don’t have a real definitive answer, uh, it was a two-two vote, so um, there’s a lot that needs to be looked at in the terms of what are next steps are for us,” said Mike Garone with Strategic Behavioral Health Dir. of Development

The company has the option to apply again. Garone says the company will reevaluate the situation and could try again as soon as February.

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