Complex Service Needs Workgroup

SF 504 charged the Department of Human Services to convene a stakeholder workgroup to make recommendations relating to the delivery of, access to, and coordination and continuity of mental health, disability, and substance use disorder services and supports for individuals with mental health, disability, and substance use disorder needs, particularly for individuals with complex mental health, disability, and substance use disorder needs. The workgroup will include representatives from community mental health centers, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association, judicial system, law enforcement agencies, Mental Health and Disability Services Regions, National Alliance on Mental Illness, substance use disorder treatment providers and other related stakeholder groups.

The workgroup will provide input and guidance on topics surrounding individuals with complex service needs including but not limited to treatment modalities, funding, and maintaining and expanding community based service options. The workgroup will submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly on December 15, 2017 with recommendations.


Community Integration Workgroup

HF 2463 sec 57 authorized the study of community-based service options for persons with serious mental illness to divert them from or end their need for an institutional placement. The legislation directs DHS to bring State departments, including the Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Department on Aging, together with the regional mental health and disability services system, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, the Iowa Behavioral Health Association and other service providers and stakeholders to study community-based placement options for persons with serious mental illness.

The system elements to be addressed in the study shall include but are not limited to regulatory, liability and funding issues, and other barriers to maintaining current community-based service options and developing new options.