About The Bureau of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services

The Bureau of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services is responsible for developing, overseeing, and improving the state system of mental health and disability services for adults in Iowa.  Those responsibilities include:

  • Providing information, consultation, and other support to consumers, families, advocates, providers, and other interested Iowans about services, policies, programs, resources, and data related to the mental health and disability system for adults.
  • Overseeing services, programs, and projects for adults that are funded through the federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.  Oversight includes supporting community mental health centers (CMHCs) in using evidence-based practices (EBPs).  Evidence based practices for adults are specific practices and strategies that have reflect the best research available and are consistent with the values of persons with mental illness in helping them effectively manage their illness and achieve good outcomes.
  • Leading the development of a comprehensive, statewide emergency mental health crisis service system.
  • Developing plans to respond to mental health needs related to disasters that occur in the state.
  • Planning for the mental health needs of older Iowans and supporting the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (ICMHA).
  • Managing grants, contracts, and special projects related to adult mental health and disability services.
  • Providing technical assistance to counties to support them in complying with requirements of state law for preparing and filing annual reports, action plans, and data reports.
  • Maintaining and making public a list of counties who have waiting lists for services.
  • Managing the State Payment Program (SPP), which provides funding for services to eligible individuals who do not receive county funding.
  • Allocating certain funding to counties.
  • Representing the Department of Human Services on the Direct Care Task Force.
  • Leading an initiative to improve services to individuals with co-occurring disorders such as mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Leading the implementation of the Iowa Consumer Outcomes Measurement System (ICOMS), a system to collect self-reported information about services and progress from consumers.  
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