New report gives mental health organizations additional insight

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BETTENDORF, Ia. (KWQC) - Mental health providers in Scott and Rock Island County are looking to implement changes to many of their programs. Friday, multiple organizations gathered to discuss ways to improve mental health services going forward. A report completed by MTM Services provided recommendations to fill the gaps and improve mental health outcomes in the Quad Cities. Carol Foster, Vice President of Resource Development at the Handicapped Development Center said funding is an ongoing issue.

"It's something that's just kind of the nature of non-profit businesses, you're always looking to make sure that you're providing good quality services with the amount of money that you're given."

The report found that strengths within area agencies include dedicated and committed staff members. Weaknesses are lack of services, staff and support groups within both counties.

"I think we can be better about collaborating, across organizations and as a community," said Tom Bowman, CEO of Community Healthcare. "I think bringing awareness to not only the healthcare providers and mental healthcare providers to the community in general is important so that we can also engage funders and philanthropic organizations."

The full report is available at unitedwayqc.org.