General Assistance & Mental Health Advocate
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IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CALL 911
MH Advocate Abby is the Judicial Mental Health Advocate for opens in a new windowNorthwest Iowa Care Connections and Sioux Rivers Mental Health and Disability Service Regions; Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux Counties in Northwest Iowa.
The Mental Health Advocate is appointed by the Court to advocate for persons under a mental health court commitment per Chapter 229opens PDF file of the Iowa Code. When an advocate is assigned, the advocate assists people with the following:
- Understanding and following the court’s commitment order
- Providing information regarding the rights of a committed person
- Giving Support, answering questions, investigating concerns and making needed referrals
- Informing the court if the services of an attorney are necessary
O’Brien County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Iowa Code. To qualify one must be a resident of O’Brien County, be at least 18 years of age and meet current income and resource guidelines.
The Mental Health Advocate position requires significant travel, therefore voicemail is available. Please feel free to leave a message and your call will be returned.
- General Assistance Applicationopens PDF file
- opens in a new windowJudicial Mental Health Advocate Brochureopens PDF file
- opens in a new windowJudicial Mental Health Advocate Grievance Informationopens PDF file
- JAMI District Mapopens PDF file
- Judicial Advocates by Mental Health and Disability Service Regionopens PDF file
- Northwest Iowa Care Connections MHDS Regional Site
- Sioux Rivers MHDS Regional Site
- O'Brien County Resource Directory 2019-2020opens PDF file
Abby Wallin, MS
O'Brien County Courthouse
155 S Hayes P.O. Box 380
Primghar, IA 51245
24-Hour Crisis: 844-345-4569
9 A.M. - 10 A.M.
Due to COVID-19, completing business by phone is encouraged.
Due to travel required by the Mental Health Advocate position, appointments should be scheduled in advance if possible. Office hours are subject to change.