Spencer, Iowa — A mental health center with offices in several northwest Iowa communities has received a $4 million grant.

Kim Scorza, the CEO/President of Seasons Center for Mental Health says they applied for the grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.

She says they got the grant through a scoring process.

She says the funding will be used to expand services and add services for which they do not receive funding through the state.

She says the purpose of this grant is to improve the quality of community behavioral health services through a comprehensive approach by creating access, stabilizing people in crisis, and providing the necessary treatment for those with the most serious, complex mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This system of care emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration.

Scorza tells us the funding covers nine rural northwest Iowa counties, including Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, and Sioux.

She says expanded office and clinic hours and more will be part of the funding.

Scorza says they have 20 positions they are trying to fill. If you qualify and are interested, she invites you to call Seasons Center in Spencer.

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