Glenwood Resource Center

The mission of the Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) is to prepare and support individuals to live in the community of their choice.

Who is eligible to receive services:
Individuals with intellectual and other related disabilities from throughout the State of Iowa are eligible. Each type of service has specific eligibility requirements.

How to apply for services or refer someone to this facility:
As a first step to access assistance, families should contact their local county's community services program.

If a decision is made to apply for GRC ICF/ID services, the application process begins by calling the Department of Human Service Help Desk at 866-347-7782.

How to get more information:

For general information or to reach a specific person or department at GRC, call 712-527-4811.

For information about admissions, contact:

Becky Curtis, SWIII, Admission & Discharge Coordinator
Glenwood Resource Center
711 S. Vine
Glenwood, IA 51534
Telephone: 712-525-1519

Structure of the organization:

Glenwood Resource Center is operated by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) under Director of DHS Charles Palmerand Administrator, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services Richard Shults. Zvia McCormick is the Superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center.

Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) offers a continuum of care to Iowans experiencing intellectual disabilities. Located in southwest Iowa, GRC provides residential services for individuals who have struggled to be successful in the community, provides in home support for those who transition to the community and assists community-based providers by providing assessments, training and other technical support. The goal of all GRC services is to help individuals be successful in their communities.


Intermediate Care Facility/Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID) Residential Services

Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) works with the community to explore all reasonable and appropriate options before a person comes to live on the campus. Most often, people are admitted to GRC because they need the specialized expertise available due to behavioral or medical conditions that are complex and chronic.

Multidisciplinary teams are led by Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals (QMRPs) in an integrated approach to service provision. Team members include: the individual, the individual's family/guardian, local county or DHS staff, direct support professionals, psychologist, psychology assistant, social worker, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, physical therapist, audiologist, vocational/day program specialist, leisure specialist, dietitian, nurse, physician, pharmacist, psychiatrist, and dental assistant. Specialty medical services are offered through community clinics and include: podiatry, surgery, otolaryngology (ENT), gynecology, and optometry.Services are person-centered, strengths-based and focus on assisting the individual to transition to his/her community of choice.

Individuals, working as part of their Team, help to develop their own person-centered Individual Support Plans (ISPs). ISPs are designed to meet an individual's specific support needs, preferences and goals. Professional and direct support staff assist the person to meet these goals. All services offered on the campus meet rigorous federal standards for active treatment, safety, and health. The goal of all campus services is to help the individual stabilize and retun to his or her community of preference.


Assistive Technology

When individuals with disabilities can control their environment, they can participate more fully and independently in daily living. Customized devices are tailored to meet each individual's needs.

Physical Nutrition Management Team

This team of professionals provides a comprehensive approach to evaluate, treat and manage a person's wellbeing as it relates to positioning and mobility, nutirition and hydration inculding dysphagia (feeding disorders) and oral motor dysfunction, oral cares, and mealtime management . The team can provide consultation and training for individuals with disabilities and providers throughout the state.

Behavioral Services

Behavioral Services includes highly structured assessment methods to generate efficient plans that families and service providers can use to bring about positive changes in the lives of persons presenting challenging behaviors. Services include:

  • Leadership and training in the use of Applied Behavior Analysis;
  • Functional Analyses of Behavior;
  • Development and implementation of behavior support plans consistent with the results of Functional Analysis of Behavior;
  • Ongoing technical assistance to those receiving GRC services; and
  • A hierarchy of behavioral interventions to address interfering behaviors.


A hydrotherapy pool is available on the GRC Campus. This heated pool has a moveable floor and an access ramp that allow for handicapped accessibility and adjustment of water depth. Hydrotherapy is known to promote health, encourage a sense of well being and decrease pain associated with various diseases.



Consultations are provided by staff with expertise in the particular area of need. Services are provided where the individual lives and works or goes to school.

Time Limited Assessments

Time-Limited Assessments (TLAs) are offered for a period of up to 31 days, on the Glenwood campus, as part of the ICF/ID program. The goal of the Time Limited Assessment is to determine effective treatment options that can be used to support an individual in the community. Time-Limited Assessments include evaluations and recommendations from all disciplines available at GRC with a focus on addressing specific challenges experienced by the individual. Recommendations and follow-up services are offered when the individual returns to the community.

Facility-Based Respite Care

Respite care supports family unity and reduces the need for out-of-home placement. Respite care offers a period of care for the individual during which families can rejuvenate, relax and attend to other needs. GRC offers respite services on campus, as space and resources allow.

Daily Supported Commmunity Living (SCL)

SCL services are offered through the HCBS waiver program. The focus of GRC's services is to offer a short term transition from facility-based services to community-based living for people who have experienced prior challengesin this setting. SCL services focus on gaining community living and independence skills while building relationships with community-based providers in an effort to facilitiate a transition to the community of the individual's choice.


Consultations may be provided to those in need, as resources are available and as the expertise available among professionals employed at GRC is able to meet the individuuals needs. A variety of funding strategies are used related to these services.

Time-limited Assessments are available, as GRC's resources allow, for individuals who have specific assessment needs that can be met within the parameters of the TLA process and who meet funding requirements. Services are funded as a part of ICF/ID services through Medicaid and/or county funding.

Respite care and Supported Community Living services are offered through the Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Waiver programs. GRC may provide services and access funding for those approved for HCBS Waiver eligibility in the following areas:

  • Intellectual Disability Waiver
  • Children's Mental Health Waiver

Please contact GRC for more information regarding program eligibility and funding; we will be happy to assist with identifying resources and services that may be available.


The Glenwood Resource Center campus is located in Glenwood, Iowa and serves people mainly from a 52-county catchment area within the state.

Residential services (ICF/ID)are provided on the campus for approximately 261 people diagnosed with intellectual disability.

HCBS Waiver services are currently provided to 29 people in their homes IN THE Glenwood Community.

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