Mental Health & Disability Services

Central Iowa Community Services (CICS) was formed under Iowa Code Chapter 28E to create a mental health and disability service (MHDS) region in compliance with Iowa Code 331.390 (PDF). Within this region, CICS is creating a regional system designed to improve health, hope, and successful outcomes for the adults in our region who have mental health disabilities and intellectual/developmental disabilities, including those with multi-occurring issues and other complex human service needs.

Principles & Values


In accordance with the principles enumerated in the legislative redesign, CICS will work in a quality improvement partnership with stakeholders in the region (providers, families, individuals, and partner health and human service systems) to develop a system of care approach that is characterized by the following principles and values:
  • Welcoming and individual-oriented
  • Person and family driven
  • Recovery/resiliency oriented
  • Trauma-informed
  • Culturally competent
  • Multi-occurring capable
CICS will maintain local county offices as the foundation to the service delivery system.

Program Requirements


In order to apply for funding, certain criteria must be met; specifically:
  • People who have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or developmental disability; AND
  • Meet specified income and asset guidelines; AND
  • Reside in the CICS region; AND
  • Professional assessments have determined that the services are needed.

For More Information


For more information, visit the Central Iowa Community Services website, or review some helpful literature: