About The Bureau of Children and Youth Mental Health and Disability Services

The Bureau of Children and Youth Mental Health and Disability Services is responsible for developing, overseeing, and improving the state system of mental health and disability services for children and youth 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 children and youth. 
  • Leading the Children's Mental Health Initiative to develop and implement, a comprehensive, coordinated, community based system of mental health and disability services for children, youth, and families, which will be phased in statewide as funding is available. 
  • Overseeing services, programs, and projects for children and youth that are funded through the federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.  Oversight includes the review of child and youth program applications, work plans, and reports from contractors.  It also includes supporting community mental health centers (CMHCs) in using evidence-based practices (EBPs).  Evidence based practices for children are specific practices and strategies that reflect the best research available and are consistent with the needs of children with serious emotional disturbance and the values of their families in helping them achieve good outcomes.
  • Providing support to the State Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, and Brain Injury Commission.
  • Coordinating state activities related to the Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court Decision. 
  • Coordinating state activities related to the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness) program.
  • Participating on the Iowa Autism Council to review the services system and plan for service needs relating to autism spectrum disorders.

 

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