More than 1600 families are on Iowa’s children's mental health wavier waiting list. That means there are 1600 families who can’t access certain services they need in order to care for their children. For the past two years, Kim Jensen’s family has been one of those. She says it got really hard not having help caring for her daughter, Grace, who she and her husband adopted through the Iowa foster care system. “She was severely aggressive when she was 5 and 6 years old. She is little, but she is strong. After a while, we couldn’t find anyone to watch her.
Children with serious mental health issues are waiting as long as two years to receive services in their communities. Host Clay Masters talks with Tammy from Iowa City whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. She says services like respite care are essential for families exhausted from caring for a suicidal or angry child. But such services aren't covered by insurance. A children's mental health waiver is designed to cover the gap between what insurance covers and what services are needed, but the wa