Despite state funding cuts for care of the mentally ill programs, Buena Vista County is finding itself still in the black in that area due to careful case management and leveraging of federal dollars. That's despite an increased caseload which will likely require hiring an additional caseworker.
Dawn Mentzer, Buena Vista County CPC, reviewed caseload numbers with the board of supervisors Tuesday. For fiscal 2004, Mentzer said there were a total of 173 children and adults served in the county for mental illness, mental retardation, and other mental disabilities.
Mentzer said that while she was concerned about state funding cuts, her department was able to leverage federal dollars to keep its head above water.
While her department budget is sustaining itself, Mentzer said increased caseloads, including referrals for state cases residing in the county, have led to the need for an additional case manager.
The board agreed to allow Mentzer to hire an additional part-time case manager due to the increased workload in her department.
In other business coming before the board Tuesday, the supervisors held a public hearing for Randy Drey's preliminary subdivision plat on the northwest side of Lake Creek Country Club. Drey's plan will go before the Buena Vista County Planning and Zoning Commission for final plat approval.
The board accepted a bid of $64,350 from Vaughn Deloss Construction of Spencer for a box culvert in Nokomis Township. Also accepted was a bid in two parts from Minnowa Construction Inc. of Harmony, Minn. for $118,206 for box culverts on M50 and M54 near Newell.