Iowa's Mental Health and Disability Services Commission

The Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Commission is the state policy-making body for the provision of services to persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, or brain injury. It is authorized by Section 225C.5 of the Code of Iowa.

The Commission currently consists of eighteen voting members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Commission members are appointed on the basis of interest and experience in the fields of mental health, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, and brain injury, and to ensure adequate representation from persons with disabilities and individuals who have knowledge concerning disability services. The Commission is required to meet at least four times year.

MHDS Commission Meetings:

2017 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Materials

2017 Meeting Schedule

2016 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Materials

2015 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Materials

2014 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Materials

2013 Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Materials

Member Lists:

MHDS Commission Members 2015-2016

Annual Reports:

MHDS Commission Combined Annual and Biennial Report for 2016

MHDS Commission Annual Report for 2015

MHDS Commission Combined Annual and Biennial Report for 2014

MHDS Commission Annual Report for 2013

MHDS Commission Combined Annual and Biennial Report for 2012

MHDS Commission Annual Report for 2011

MHDS Commission Combined Annual and Biennial Report for 2010

MHDS Commission Annual Report for 2009

MHDS Commission Combined Annual and Biennial Report for 2008

Reports & Recommendations:

Cost Increase Recommendation Letter (August 2015)

Cost Increase Recommendation Letter (August 2014)

SFY 2013 Allowed Growth Factor Adjustment Recommendation

Allowed Growth Factor Follow Up Letter to Govenor Branstad

Additional information:

MHDS Commission Overview and Duties

Regarding Commission Meetings and Public Access

Meeting notices and other information are distributed by email about one week prior to Commission meetings. For current information about Commission meetings and activities, or to be added to the electronic distribution list to receive meeting notices, contact:

Peter Schumacher
Division of Mental Health & Disability Services
Iowa Department of Human Services
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-4778
Fax: 515-242-6036
Email: pschuma@dhs.state.ia.us