The MHDS Commission is being dissolved due to the Behavioral Health Service System alignment in July 2025. 

The Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Commission is the state policy-making body for the provision of services to persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, or brain injury. It is authorized by Section 225C.5 of the Code of Iowa.

The Commission currently consists of eighteen voting members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Commission members are appointed on the basis of interest and experience in the fields of mental health/ This includes developmental disabilities and brain injuries. This ensures adequate representation from persons with disabilities and individuals who have knowledge of disability services. 

The Commission is required to meet at least four times a year. Meetings are open to the public.

MHDS Commission Resources