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New Plan For Children's Mental Health Needs Funding

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Governor Kim Reynolds' children's mental health board has new recommendations for how to better serve families with children who have a diagnosed mental illness. Under the plan being proposed, children would be routinely screened for mental health issues and services for children would be expanded. But, where will funding for the plan come from? 

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Peggy Huppert, who is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Iowa, and Tammy Nyden, who is president of Mothers on the Front Line and an advocate. 

We also hear from Iowa's State Auditor-Elect Rob Sand and get an update from the American Lung Association about vaping. 

Lindsey Moon served as IPR's Senior Digital Producer - Music and the Executive Producer of IPR Studio One's All Access program. Moon started as a talk show producer with Iowa Public Radio in May of 2014. She came to IPR by way of Illinois Public Media, an NPR/PBS dual licensee in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Wisconsin Public Radio, where she worked as a producer and a general assignment reporter.
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River