CICS is proud to see CEO Jody Eaton named to a second term on the state’s Mental Health and Disability Commission. Eaton will serve a second three-year term on the board beginning May 1.
“I’m really honored and really grateful to be able to serve in that capacity,” Eaton said.
On the MHDS Commission, Eaton will help guide the state’s policy on mental health by submitting regular reports to Governor Kim Reynolds.
“The commission provides reports on the state of mental health services and makes legislative recommendations,” Eaton said.
The commission will also work to create policy to support the newly enacted mental health bill Governor Reynolds signed last week. The bill creates reform in mental health services across the state, adding new services to Iowans facing a mental health crisis.
“If legislation passes the house and the senate and is signed by the governor, there’s still the process of crafting policy to implement those laws,” Eaton said. “It is important for regions to have a voice on the rule-making process.”
As CEO of CICS, Eaton will continue to oversee the launch of the organization’s new mobile crisis response services in partnership with Eyerly Ball, as well as the addition of Greene County as the region’s 11th county in July.
CICS supports individuals and strengthens communities by serving the unique needs of individuals with mental health and intellectual and other developmental disabilities in 10 Iowa counties: Boone, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story and Warren. CICS professionals provide the vital link between individuals and appropriate resources in the region to improve health, hope and successful outcomes. CICS professionals help individuals navigate through the process of applying for and securing the necessary financial support for their immediate needs. CICS is committed to partnering with providers, families, individuals, and partner health and human service systems to maintain a system of care approach that is welcoming and individual oriented. CICS was formerly known as Central Iowa Community Services.
About the MHDS Commission The Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Commission is the state policy-making body for the provision of services to persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, or brain injury. It is authorized by Section 225C.5 of the Code of Iowa. The Commission currently consists of 18 voting members appointed by the governor and confirmed by a two-thirds vote of the senate. Commission members are appointed on the basis of interest and experience in the fields of mental health, intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities, and brain injury, and to ensure adequate representation from persons with disabilities and individuals who have knowledge concerning disability services. The Commission is required to meet at least four times a year.