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Study reveals opportunities to expand, increase mental health services

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Nine west central Minnesota counties, including Douglas, joined forces to assess their mental health services. 

Approximately 400 consumers and providers participated in the Region 4 Mental Health Needs Assessment, providing feedback through interviews, focus groups and surveys.


The goal of the study is to develop methods to best serve people with mental health needs. Following is a look at the findings:


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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