DRI News

Be Prepared: Medicaid Managed Care Is Coming to Iowa

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Iowa’s Medicaid Modernization on February 16, 2015 and a revised RFP on March 26, 2016.   Contracts will be awarded to two to four managed care companies by July 31, 2016.   Managed care will be effective on January 1, 2016.  DRI has included a variety of  resources here for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness, their families and guardians, advocates and others to better understand how Iowa’s Medicaid system is being transformed and how to advocate for a system that better serves Iowa Iowans with disabilities and/or mental illness. Make sure to check back for additional resources as Iowa moves closer to the transition.

DRI is now on YouTube

Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) now has a YouTube channel, featuring brief Q&A videos that will answer many of the questions that Social Security beneficiaries have about returning to work and benefits planning.

Check out our YouTube channel here!

Senator Harkin Visits with DRI Staff

On Friday, September 13, 2013, staff at DRI spent a wonderful afternoon discussing our work with Senator Tom Harkin.  Topics included Sheltered workshops, PASRR, voting, Olmstead and our work in institutions throughout the State of Iowa.

Photo of Disability Rights Iowa staff with Senator Tom Harkin.

BACK ROW (from left to right): John Gish, Linda Firkins, Mark Leamen, John TenPas, Nathan Kirstein, Charlene Joens, Scott Lyon. MIDDLE (from left to right): Jean Herrity, Katie Vande Vorde, Jane Hudson, Jayna Grauerholz, Sen. Tom Harkin. FRONT (from left to right): Beth Rydberg, Emmanuel Smith, Cyndy Miller, Hope Richardson.

Iowa Juvenile Home Investigation

What began as a monitoring visit to the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, IA in November 2012, became an investigation into the facility. Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) staff have talked to The Des Moines Register about this ongoing investigation.

Follow these stories from The Des Moines Register in our Disability News around Iowa section.

In response to the investigation at the Iowa Juvenile Home, read the editorial piece by the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Team.

Below is a news story on this investigation from Waterloo’s KWWL-Channel 7: