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County board looks into mental health task force

Cottonwood County faces a critical junction when it comes to meeting the mental health needs of its residents.

That was the consensus reached at Tuesday’s Cottonwood County Commissioners meeting.
With the closure of Southwest Mental Health’s offices in Windom, the county has no local options for residents who may have mental health emergencies.

Ashley Johnson, along with representatives from public health, law enforcement and Red Rock Ridge Area Learning Center, expressed their concerns about the lack of services in the county.

Commissioner Larry Anderson, who is the board liaison to Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services, said a meeting is scheduled Thursday between representatives from DVHHS and Sanford Health to discuss possible funding of enhanced mental health services.

More on this story appears in the Nov. 17 print edition of the Citizen.

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