Health Dept. May Reduce Psychiatric Services

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In their recent meeting, the Bond County Board of Health heard from health department administrator Sean Eifert, who provided an update on discussions he has been in with Clinton County Health Department Administrator, Cheryl Lee.

The Clinton County Health Department would like to begin providing mental health services in the summer of 2019. The mental health office would function as a satellite of Bond County Health Department’s mental health program and the Bond County department would be reimbursed by the Clinton County department for services provided, generating additional revenue for Bond County. The board of health voted unanimously to move forward with development of a contract for further review.

Following an executive session, the board voted unanimously to reduce psychiatric services and staff hours in the health department’s mental health program. This will only be done if, by the August board of health meeting, the mental health program is not yet operating at a monthly deficit of $7,500 or better.