Six months after a fall assembly in which hundreds of AMOS leaders pressured state legislators to restore mental health funding, leaders persisted in their quest -- writing an OpEd and testifying before the legislature.
"This isn't just a tax issue. This is an issue of life or death," testified Travis Stanley, pastor of Norwalk Christian Church and leader with AMOS. AMOS criticizes a state law capping the amount counties can collect for such services to the amount they collected in 1996, regardless of whether the county grew since then. "Keeping the cap at 1996 levels â€” when I was 16 â€” has killed people. People have lost their lives because of this," he said.
Let Counties Spend More on Mental Health, Advocates Ask Legislators, Des Moines Register
Stop Underfunding Mental Health, Des Moines Register
Ankeny Candidates Agree to Support More Mental Healthcare Access, Des Moines Register
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