225C.6  Duties of commission.

1.  To the extent funding is available, the commission shall perform the following duties:

a.  Advise the administrator on the administration of the overall state disability services system.

b.  Adopt necessary rules pursuant to chapter 17A which relate to disability programs and services, including but not limited to definitions of each disability included within the term "disability services" as necessary for purposes of state, county, and regional planning, programs, and services.

c.  Adopt standards for mental health centers, services, and programs as recommended under section 230A.16.

d.  Adopt standards for the care of and services to persons with mental illness and mental retardation residing in county care facilities recommended under section 227.4.

e.  If no other person sets standards for a service available to persons with disabilities, adopt standards for that service.

f.  Assure that proper appeal procedures are available to persons aggrieved by decisions, actions, or circumstances relating to accreditation.

g.  Adopt necessary rules for awarding grants from the state and federal government as well as other moneys that become available to the division for grant purposes.

h.  Annually submit to the governor and the general assembly:

(1)  A report concerning the activities of the commission.

(2)  Recommendations formulated by the commission for changes in law.

i.  By January 1 of each odd-numbered year, submit to the governor and the general assembly an evaluation of:

(1)  The extent to which services to persons with disabilities are actually available to persons in each county in the state and the quality of those services.

(2)  The effectiveness of the services being provided by disability service providers in this state and by each of the state mental health institutes established under chapter 226 and by each of the state hospital-schools established under chapter 222.

j.  Advise the administrator, the council on human services, the governor, and the general assembly on budgets and appropriations concerning disability services.

k.  Coordinate activities with the Iowa governor's planning council for developmental disabilities.

l.  Establish standards for the provision under medical assistance of individual case management services.

m.  Identify model eligibility guidelines for disability services.

n.  Identify basic disability services for planning purposes.

o.  Prepare five-year plans based upon the county management plans developed pursuant to section 331.439.

p.  Work with other state agencies on coordinating, collaborating, and communicating concerning activities involving persons with disabilities.

2.  Notwithstanding section 217.3, subsection 6, the commission may adopt the rules authorized by subsection 1, pursuant to chapter 17A, without prior review and approval of those rules by the council on human services.

Section History: Early form

  [C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 225B.4, 225B.7; C79, 81, § 225B.3(2); S81, § 225C.5; 81 Acts, ch 78, § 6, 20]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 96, § 157, 159; 88 Acts, ch 1245, § 1; 94 Acts, ch 1170, §15; 98 Acts, ch 1181, §15

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