Monday, October 18, 2021: 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Cedar Rapids Public Library (Beems Auditorium), 450 5th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids;


  • Introduction of DHS Staff and Hosts
  • Katie Beckett Story
  • Community Integration Strategic Plan
  • Status Report, and Future Plans, Medicaid’s Role
  • Experience Stories
    • Garret Fry
    • Adam Todd family
  • Question/Answer with attendees – Cards to Submit Questions will be provided

The library requires a face mask for entry into facility

Meetings will be recorded.

Register Now:

Community Integration Town Hall Meeting Registration – not mandatory

Members who need assistance in registering may contact IME Member
Services at 1-800-338-8366.

Hosted by The Arc of Iowa

The Iowa Department of Human Services is holding Community Integration

Town Hall meetings in person across the state throughout October 2021.

All meetings are open to the public and will provide information for
providers and members as well as other interested stakeholders.

Background and Resources

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is re-evaluating existing
strategies and identifying new ones to enhance our commitment to ensuring
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to the
least restrictive setting to support high quality of life. The Department will work in partnership with the Iowa Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs),
residents, guardians, community providers and other stakeholders.

The goal of this effort is to take a thoughtful approach to the community
integration process, to include all key stakeholders including families and
guardians—in the discussion to ensure we are able to assure meaningful options
and choice to individuals and their families.

In Year One, the Department engaged with stakeholders to conduct a gap
analysis of the current system. Through these stakeholder conversations, the
Department heard about five common challenges:

  • Workforce
  • Training
  • Community provider capacity for specialty supports
  • Data
  • Guardian reluctance

This year the Department will build off the valuable stakeholder feedback heard
during Year One and begin moving to transformational work. DHS is starting a
new round of stakeholder conversations to share how investments outlined in the
Department’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) plan will enhance and strengthen
Iowa’s systems of community-based services and supports to both meet our
needs today and prepare to meet future needs.

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