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Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council Releases 2021 State Legislative Priorities


DES MOINES, Iowa, (January 2021) – The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) works to create change with and for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live, work, learn and play in the community of their choosing.


The Council has engaged Iowans with disabilities, their families, providers and other advocates throughout the state in discussions about policy and funding that support independent living opportunities for Iowans with disabilities. These individuals and their families want to choose where they live and work, but those choices are too often limited by the inadequacy of available community-based options.


The Iowa DD Council is urging lawmakers to support polices that increase community options and services, while also building the capacity of the community to support all individuals with disabilities.  The Council’s 2021 Legislative Priorities are in response to that:


Priority #1. Establish a reliable funding stream for the regional Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) system that fully funds all core and additional core services and expands services to Iowans with developmental disabilities and brain injuries.



Priority #2: Adequately fund a state Medicaid program that ensures access to a full range of community services for Iowans with developmental disabilities.


Priority #3 Expand the availability, knowledge, skills and compensation of professionals, paraprofessionals, family members and direct support workers.


For more information, visit, contact the DD Council at 866.432.2846.


Download the Iowa DD Council's Legislative Priorities. 


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The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the creation of services and supports that allow Iowans with developmental disabilities to make choices, take greater control of their lives, exercise their rights as citizens and participate fully in society.