mental health


Construction has started on a new hospital in Bettendorf for people with mental health and drug abuse problems. Officials of a Tennessee company, Strategic Behavioral Health, broke ground Thursday  afternoon on Tanglefoot Lane, between I-74 and Utica Ridge Road.

More help will soon be available in Muscatine for people with mental health issues. Last week, the Robert Young Center celebrated the expansion of its services with a ribbon cutting at its new clinic, and it's scheduled to open officially next week (4/16).

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QC Healthcare Agencies On-Board With Possible Changes

Apr 27, 2017

Changes may be coming to the way that mental health is treated in the Quad Cities. A new report commissioned by the United Way has some recommendations.

A patient room in the new unit with a bed, chair, and two windows
submitted / Genesis Health System

A local hospital now has another option for patients with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Genesis Health System held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for its new, Behavioral Intervention Unit at its west campus in Davenport.


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Iowa 2nd District Congressman Dave Loebsack is trying to help children get the mental health care they need. Tuesday in Davenport, the eastern Iowa representative held a roundtable discussion with professionals in the field.

Loebsack has already introduced a bill called the Children’s Access to Mental Health Services Act. 

The congressman also visited the former Ashford University campus in Clinton to find out what the new owners and residents want to do with it. 

Scott County Judge, Mark Smith, will oversee the mental health court.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Scott County now has a mental health court, thanks to support from several organizations . This morning, the Quad Cities Interfaith Restorative Justice Task Force announced it's a one year demonstration project that will begin immediately.

Bar graph shows the number of in-patient psychiatric beds in the Quad Cities
WVIK Staff

The state won't allow a Tennessee-based company to build a mental health hospital in Bettendorf any time soon. On Wednesday, the Iowa Health Facilities Council heard testimony about Strategic Behavioral Health's application for a Certificate of Need. It planned to spend 14 million dollars on the 72-bed project.

UnityPoint Health Trinity

After a successful year in the Illinois-Quad Cities, a local hospital wants to expand mental health services to the Iowa side. Yesterday, UnityPoint Health-Trinity was awarded a $3 million contract to expand programs now offered by the Robert Young Center in Rock Island.

formal portrait of Dee Bruemmer, Scott County Administrator
submitted / Scott County, Iowa

A long career in local government is about to end. Today, Scott County Administrator Dee Bruemmer announced she will retire next spring.