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Apr 15

April is National County Government Month

Posted on April 15, 2022 at 2:55 PM by Britt Nielsen

April is National County Government Month

Each April, the National Association of Counties encourages communities across the country to join in celebrating National County Government Month by promoting the services and programs they offer. This year's theme "Counties THRIVE" demonstrates how counties help to improve people’s lives every day. Linn County has been on the frontline protecting our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by keeping residents informed during this critical time. From health and social services to building a resilient infrastructure, here are a few of the many programs and initiatives Linn County offers to help residents thrive: 

Mental Health Access Center

The Mental Health Access Center opened in early 2021 to help individuals 18 years and older experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Service providers ensure a variety of services are available for those in need including triage, mental health screening, a sobering unit, crisis stabilization, and care coordination. No appointment is necessary to access these services. 

Clinical Health Services and Community Resources

The Linn County Public Health Clinic provides a wide variety of services including immunizations; tuberculosis, hepatitis, and STI testing; and initial health exams to new refugees arriving in Linn County. The Clinic strives to provide excellent health services to all individuals regardless of age, race, immigration status, or insurance status. 

In addition to health services, Linn County offers community resource sheets in collaboration with more than 30 local organizations. These sheets help residents find resources for housing, food, transportation, and other basic needs. 

Veteran Services

Linn County Veteran Affairs assists veterans and their families with understanding and determining eligibility for federal, state, and local benefits. The department also provides emergency assistance for things such as rent, utilities, and grave markers. 

Planting Forward

Linn County partnered with Monarch Research in its Planting Forward project to re-canopy the community following the 2020 derecho. Through the program, trees were provided at no cost to residents to replace their lost trees. All of the tree species provided are native to Iowa to help ensure their successful growth.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Linn County Office of Sustainability released Linn County’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, the first step in creating a climate action plan and created a Sustainability & Resiliency Advisory Committee. The committee will work to complete future inventories to help Linn County review and monitor progress toward the goals and objectives of Linn County’s climate resolutions.

In addition to the previously mentioned programs and initiatives that celebrate the work of the County, Linn County also celebrates National County Government Month by hosting an annual State of the County event in collaboration with the League of Women Voters. The chair of the Board of Supervisors uses this time to present Linn County’s accomplishments and future priorities to attendees and residents of Linn County. 

Find these programs and more on our Counties Matter website