SIOUX CITY | A meeting is planned Wednesday to gather input about what mental health services should be offered through a new regional entity. 

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.

The Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee and Sioux county boards have approved becoming part of the new Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health and Disability Services group. Sioux Rivers is the result of a reorganized state mental health system for low-income residents with mental, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

It starts July 1. 

Woodbury County Social Services Director Patty Erickson Puttmann said the county for years has held the required annual meeting to gauge what people want for mental health services. Those were typically attended by a few dozen mental health providers and clients receiving services.

No such meeting is required under the new regionalization process, but Erickson Puttmann said county officials want to receive input anyway. Meetings in the other three counties also took place Tuesday.

“We want to make sure and check with the folks and see what their priorities are,” Erickson Puttmann said.

The four counties have until April 1 to send a plan to the Iowa Department of Human Services on how services will be delivered.

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