1. To the extent funding is available, the administrator shall perform the following duties:
a. Prepare and administer state mental health and mental retardation plans for the provision of disability services within the state and prepare and administer the state developmental disabilities plan. The administrator shall consult with the Iowa department of public health, the state board of regents or a body designated by the board for that purpose, the department of management or a body designated by the director of the department for that purpose, the department of education, the department of workforce development and any other appropriate governmental body, in order to facilitate coordination of disability services provided in this state. The state mental health and mental retardation plans shall be consistent with the state health plan, and shall incorporate county disability services plans.
b. Assist county boards of supervisors and mental health and developmental disabilities regional planning councils in planning for community-based disability services.
c. Emphasize the provision of outpatient services by community mental health centers and local mental retardation providers as a preferable alternative to inpatient hospital services.
d. Encourage and facilitate coordination of disability services with the objective of developing and maintaining in the state a disability service delivery system to provide disability services to all persons in this state who need the services, regardless of the place of residence or economic circumstances of those persons.
e. Encourage and facilitate applied research and preventive educational activities related to causes and appropriate treatment for disabilities. The administrator may designate, or enter into agreements with, private or public agencies to carry out this function.
f. Promote coordination of community-based services with those of the state mental health institutes and state hospital-schools.
g. Administer state programs regarding the care, treatment, and supervision of persons with mental illness or mental retardation, except the programs administered by the state board of regents.
h. Administer and control the operation of the state institutions established by chapters 222 and 226, and any other state institutions or facilities providing care, treatment, and supervision to persons with mental illness or mental retardation, except the institutions and facilities of the state board of regents.
i. Administer state appropriations to the mental health and developmental disabilities community services fund established by section 225C.7.
j. Act as compact administrator with power to effectuate the purposes of interstate compacts on mental health.
k. Establish and maintain a data collection and management information system oriented to the needs of patients, providers, the department, and other programs or facilities.
l. Prepare a division budget and reports of the division's activities.
m. Establish suitable agreements with other state agencies to encourage appropriate care and to facilitate the coordination of disability services.
n. Provide consultation and technical assistance to patients' advocates appointed pursuant to section 229.19, in cooperation with the judicial branch and the care review committees appointed for health care facilities pursuant to section 135C.25.
o. Provide technical assistance to agencies and organizations, to aid them in meeting standards which are established, or with which compliance is required, under statutes administered by the administrator, including but not limited to chapters 227 and 230A.
p. Recommend and enforce minimum accreditation standards for the maintenance and operation of community mental health centers under section 230A.16.
q. In cooperation with the department of inspections and appeals, recommend minimum standards under section 227.4 for the care of and services to persons with mental illness and mental retardation residing in county care facilities.
r. In cooperation with the Iowa department of public health, recommend minimum standards for the maintenance and operation of public or private facilities offering disability services, which are not subject to licensure by the department or the department of inspections and appeals.
s. Provide technical assistance concerning disability services and funding to counties and mental health and developmental disabilities regional planning councils.
2. The administrator may:
a. Apply for, receive, and administer federal aids, grants, and gifts for purposes relating to disability services or programs.
b. Establish mental health and mental retardation services for all institutions under the control of the director of human services and establish an autism unit, following mutual planning with and consultation from the medical director of the state psychiatric hospital, at an institution or a facility administered by the administrator to provide psychiatric and related services and other specific programs to meet the needs of autistic persons, and to furnish appropriate diagnostic evaluation services.
c. Establish and supervise suitable standards of care, treatment, and supervision for persons with disabilities in all institutions under the control of the director of human services.
d. Appoint professional consultants to furnish advice on any matters pertaining to disability services. The consultants shall be paid as provided by an appropriation of the general assembly.
e. Administer a public housing unit within a bureau of the division to apply for, receive, and administer federal assistance, grants, and other public or private funds for purposes related to providing housing in accordance with section 225C.45.
[C50, 54, 58, 62, 66, § 218.76; C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 217.11, 217.12; S81, § 225C.3; 81 Acts, ch 78, § 4, 20]
83 Acts, ch 96, § 157, 159; 85 Acts, ch 122, §1; 90 Acts, ch 1204, § 45; 92 Acts, ch 1128, § 1; 94 Acts, ch 1170, §13; 95 Acts, ch 82, §2, 13; 95 Acts, ch 206, §7, 12; 96 Acts, ch 1186, § 23; 98 Acts, ch 1047, §20
Referred to in § 217.10
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