The Roadmap to a Behavioral Health Service System

On May 15, 2024, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2673 into law. Under this legislation, Iowa will:

  1. Unite the work of the 13 Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Regions, 19 Integrated Provider Network service areas and 37 Tobacco Community Partnerships together into a connected system to support mental health and addictive disorders efforts in Iowa.
  2. Improve its focus on systems of support, care and connection for all Iowans and families with disability-related needs through Iowa HHS’ Aging and Disability Services’ enhancement of Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and connection to disability-serving networks. 
  3. Combine the work and the funding for mental health and addictive disorders into a behavioral health service system guided by a statewide plan focused on ensuring equitable access to a full continuum of prevention, treatment, recovery and crisis care.
  4. Strengthen important system connections to Medicaid, Public Health, and Child Protective Services by gathering meaningful feedback from Iowans to inform system planning. 

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