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November 5, 2013

Clinton County re-evaluating case management agreement

CLINTON — Clinton County is re-evaluating its case management agreement with the Iowa State Association of Counties.

Case Management Director Patti Robinson told the Board of Supervisors Monday that the county pays $3.50 per consumer, per month to ISAC for case management services. The association works to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa.

“But a lot of counties are pulling out, due to regionalization,” Supervisor Jill Davisson said. She knows of at least 14 counties planning to drop their contracts with ISAC.

“The future of case management is so up in the air right now,” Davisson said.

Robinson pointed out that ISAC offers training and reviews the department’s books. However, training typically costs above and beyond the monthly fee. She added that while the county has accreditation for three years, none of the information changes.

“What they come and look at, it hasn’t changed. Their advisement to us hasn’t changed,” Robinson said. “So yes they review the books, but is it really worth $14,000 or $1,500 a month, when they only come out three times a year”

Last week at a case management meeting in Des Moines, Robinson approached an individual about possibly working as an independent contractor with the county.

ISAC must be notified by Nov. 15 if the county wants to discontinue the relationship. With Robinson set to attend a meeting on the subject today, the board will discuss the issue more next week.

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