Committee looks at mental health provider issues

YANKTON, S.D. (WNAX) – An interim legislative committee looking at the future of the nursing home unit at the Human Services Center met for two days this week on the HSC campus in Yankton.

The “Redefine Nursing Home Criteria” committee heard from state and local officials, and mental health providers about issues with geriatric care for the mentally ill.

As the meetings wrapped up, Committee Chair, Representative Jean Hunhoff of Yankton had a challenge for members.

Hunhoff says raising pay for health care workers won’t necessarily fix the problems.

Hunhoff says there are limited state resources to fund the program.

The committee did not have any recommendations but will meet again later this month.