Spirit Lake, IA (KUOO Radio) – Governor Kim Reynolds made a stop Thursday afternoon in Spirit Lake as part of her two-day tour of northwest Iowa.

The Governor spoke with staff members and clients at Lakes Life Skills, which provides behavioral health therapy services and counseling. She addressed funding for mental health and counseling services.

Reynolds says the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling demand for mental health services. “You know as we move into 2021 there’s going to be a lot of behavioral health issues just from the isolation, from delayed care, so we know that. You know, even with substance abuse and just multiple issues, so we’re trying to figure out, you know, I put 50 million dollars into mental health with covid dollars because we know that this is going to be something that’s going to be kind of an aftermath of covid and so we want to make sure that we’re ready for that and we’re able to meet the need,” said Reynolds.

The Governor said she’s also been visiting with small business owners during her trek across northwest Iowa to gauge how they’re faring through the COVID-19 crisis.

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