Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS)


Iowa Finance Authority

The Iowa Finance Authority's (IFA) mission is to finance, administer, advance and preserve affordable housing and topromote community and economic development for Iowans. IFA is a self-supporting public agency.

Iowa Finance Authority
2015 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
515-725-4901 (fax)
800-735-2942 (TTY)

PATH: Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

Iowa PATH workers reach out to adults who are homeless and live with mental illness, substance abuse and trauma, offering them connections to hope, healing, resilience, housing, treatment and recovery in Iowa's mental health system of care.

The Iowa PATH program is funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).Provider agencies in Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Dubuque provide PATH services under a contract with Iowa's Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services.

PATH funded services include:

  • Outreach and engagement by trained, caring, respectful workers

  • Hope and training in resiliency

  • Short term case management

  • Assistance in obtaining permanent supportive housing (preferred), transitional housing, or emergency shelter

  • Assistance in obtaining screening and diagnostic treatment, medications, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment

  • Referrals for primary health care, Social Security Disability applications, job training, educational services, and other mainstream services

Convenient website links:

For more information, contact:

Karen Hyatt
Iowa DHS, Mental Health and Disability Services Division
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-3128
Email: khyatt@dhs.state.ia.us

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