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CIR agency earns approval from Medicaid

Director says services set to begin this month

September 26, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

A new intensive psychiatric rehabilitation program will soon be taking clients, according to information presented to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

Patti Treibel, director of Hamilton County Social Services, and Tim Bedford, executive director of the new Central Iowa Recovery, told the supervisors that the agency had received approval to bill services to Medicaid.

"We've received our contract from Medicaid and we're all official," Bedford said. "We've extended seven offers to people who will be practitioners. We plan to begin training on Oct. 8."

Bedford said at the end of the training on Oct. 19, all seven people will be certified in Iowa and the agency will then begin to provide services for residents of nine Iowa counties who need intensive psychiatric rehabilitation.

The multi-county consortium was formed earlier this year to provide the services. At a meeting in March, Treibel explained that each practitioner will have a caseload of about six to seven people and will spend four to five hours per week with the person. Bedford will over see the treatment plans and work with the practitioners, she said.

One of the practitioners, who will have a caseload based in Hamilton County will also serve as the clinical director, according to Bedford.

Bedford said Medicaid also approved additional community support services, which is a type of crisis intervention service. He said he anticipates offering a third service - a peer support program - at some point down the road.

"The great news is that people who really need this service are finally going to get it," Treibel said.

Supervisor David Young congratulated Treibel and Bedford for expediting the program and getting it off the ground in less than a year.

"You should be commended for that. You've really stayed on task for this. You've moved through all the hoops," he said. "It will be an interesting time for us all."

"Tim has taken a very methodical approach to this program," Supervisor Doug Bailey said. "Pulling all of those counties together and keeping them together is a pretty big deal."



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