Below is a useful a glossary of terms and acronyms used in the Mental Health System.
Research showing that the more adverse things a child is exposed to, the more likely mental and physical illnesses develop in adulthood.
Evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of psychiatric crisis and hospitalization and involvement in the criminal justice system.
One of the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) https://www.myamerigroup.com/ia/iowa-home.html
Term previously used by the state of Iowa. Chronic, persistent, mental illness requiring services to maintain necessary daily living, financial & vocational skills.
Federal agency that oversees the Medicaid and Medicare programs and has to approve state plans for the Medicaid waivers http://www.cms.gov
Service funded by Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver and Habilitation Services; focus is increasing/maintaining functional skills and community integration.
State agency administers Medicaid services based in Des Moines http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/
Purpose is to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities or mental illness. https://disabilityrightsiowa.org/
Federal Title XIX funds that pay for services for people with BI. http://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/BIPacket.pdf
Federal Title XIX funds that pay for services for people with ID. http://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/IDPacket.pdf
Federal legislation intended to make it easier to switch between insurance companies but also calls for strict adherence to privacy and security in handling Personal Health Information (PHI). https://www.hhs.gov/programs/hipaa/index.html
Intensive level of care; monitored by Iowa’s Department of Inspections and Appeals.
Problems with cognitive skills; services may be needed in order to increase or maintain functional skills.
A service plan written for students in school based on strengths and preferences of the individual.
Administers Medicaid services and oversees Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) by authority of DHS.
A free service available to people of all abilities who want to become more informed and effective advocates. http://www.infonetiowa.org/
Comprehensive services that deal with both physical and behavioral health provided by a team of professionals led by a Care Coordinator. http://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/providers/integrated-home-health
One of the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) https://www.iowatotalcare.com/
State agency using federal and state funds to assist individuals with employment and educational services.
SF 2315 created regions that are now responsible for funding. MH/DS of the East Central Region or ECR is one of 14 in Iowa http://ecriowa.org/.
Organization that provides management of insurance programs (Medicaid).
A team of mental health professionals meeting a person in crisis where they are (anywhere in the region).
An 8-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Landmark civil rights decision finding that unjustified institutionalization of people with disabilities is illegal discrimination.
Serves as an independent and impartial agency to which citizens can air their grievances about government.
Group living situation, lower level of care than ICF level of care.
Policy that anyone seeking mental health services will be seen on the first day they request it.
An assessment used to evaluate the support needs of a person with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability through a positive and thorough interview process.
Term used primarily by federal government; dysfunction in mental or emotional processes requiring services.
Competitive integrated community employment, preferably in an individual placement, but can be in a group setting.
The assumption that everyone has had some type of trauma and using skills to not re-traumatize.
Federal legislation intended to bring more people with disabilities into integrated, competitive community employment and focuses on youth transitioning out of high school.