According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dubuque County is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area for mental health. This designation is made when there is a lack of providers to meet the needs of the population.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, from 2008-2012 the suicide death rate for Dubuque was 13.39 (per 100,000), compared to the state of Iowa at 12.63 (per 100,000). From 2009-2013 it was 13.60 for Dubuque and 12.98 for Iowa. Death rates are reported for a five year period so there may be overlap of data, however the number increased when the years 2009-2013 were reported which indicates an increasing death rate from suicide.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- 72.98% of those with a household income of $50,000-$99,999, and 79.07% of those with a household income of greater than $100,000 had concerns about mental health treatment in Dubuque. 46.35% of those with a household income below $24,999 did not have concerns about mental health treatment.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- There are limited resources for mental health in Dubuque and the wait is too long for those who really need them. Many who need services end up going to the emergency room or jail, which is not a good long-term solution.
- There is only one pediatric psychiatrist in Dubuque, which creates a long wait list for appointments for children.