Iowa’s community-based, person-centered mental health and disability services system will provide locally delivered services, regionally managed with statewide standards. Local access to mental health and disability services for adults shall be provided either by counties organized into a regional service system or by an individual county that is exempted from joining a region as provided in Iowa Code 331.389. Adult residents of Iowa will have access to mental health and disability services regardless of the location of their residence. Rule: Iowa Code 331.389 1.a

Regional leaders, guided by the regional management plan, coordinate quality community services that support individuals with disabilities in obtaining their maximum independence.

Additional information on Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services system includes:

Map of Approved MHDS Regions

Regional CEO Contacts

Regional Coordinators of Disability Services

DHS Community Systems Consultants (CSC Staff)

Regional Services Waiting List

Regional Service Data

Regional Service Data is submitted by December 1st of each year.  The data shows the expenditures and the number of people served by type of service and disability group.

Regional External Websites

Most of the regions have established regional websites that provide more information. 

Regional Transition Plans

Regional Transition Plans submitted by June 30, 2014 describe the regions’ plans to transition from a county-based system to a region.  

Regional Service System Management Plans

The Regional Service System Management Plans describe the mental health and disability services provided by MHDS regions. The plans have three components:

County Information

Prior to July 1, 2014, the MHDS system operated on a county basis.  This section contains reports submitted by individual counties.

Policies, Plans & Reports

Information about county policies and procedures.

Service Data

Select a county and view the county service data reports in RTF or PDF format.