67.9 F
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Director discusses closure of local Southwestern Mental Health Services offices

Next month’s closures of Windom, Jackson and Pipestone offices of Southwestern Mental Health Services was a focal point of a discussion this morning in the Jackson County Government Building.

That discussion, which involved county commissioners from both counties, was also attended by a few area residents and school superintendents. Attendees asked how needs will be met, at what cost and how it reached this point.

Luke Comeau, executive director of SMHS said SMHS dropped from 30 clinicians to 13 over the past 13 months. The plan is to primarily provide outpatient services electronically through telemedicine.

Southwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency, established in 1959 by Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties.

For much more on this story, see future editions of the Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.

Watch www.windomnews.com for regular weekday updates at 8 a.m./noon/5 p.m., plus BREAKING stories at other times. Follow CoCoCitizen @CitPub on Twitter.

- Advertisment -