Policy Priorities

Relentless advocacy is always IACP’s goal. This is reflected in our Policy Priorities, which are available for everyone to view. However, members can also access the Weekly Bill Watch and Administrative Rules Watch for up-to-the-minute industry information. 

The Weekly Bill Watch has a tracker to review all bills that affect IACP members and their business during the legislative session. 

The Administrative Rule Watch tracks rule and regulation changes that members need to follow for day-to-day business operation. This tool allows members to have relative information filtered to their needs. 

Weekly Bill Watch (Members Only) Click here Administrative Rules Watch (Members Only) Click here

2020 Legislative Session Policy Priorities 

1. Direct Support Professionals Workforce

-  Address DSP workforce shortage to support Iowans living in their communities 
-  Increase rates for HCBS/ID, HCBS/BI, Habilitation and ICF/ID to support DSP wage increases 
-  IACP and its members are requesting a 10% increase in rates with a 75% pass through for wage increases for direct care staff. 

2. Medicaid (COMPLETED)

Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) 
-  Based on cost report, implement retroactive payments for Fee-for-Service and Managed Care effective the first day of the month that service is rendered 

Habilitation Services Stabilization 
-  Utilize independent contractor for annual standardized assessment to determine level of care and funding 
-  Implement minimum six-month service authorization unless change in client need has occurred 

3. Mental Health System

Establish a stable and predictable funding structure for mental health and disability services 
-  Support a continuum of mental health services for children and adults 
-  Support Iowans to live in their community through: 
    -  Expanded public transportation 
    -  Supportive housing 
    -  Intensive home-based services 

Addressing the DSP Workforce Crisis

99% of disability service providers have DSP vacancies

 Raising Wages is the First Step to Addressing the DSP Workforce Crisis 

As a leader in advocating for direct support professionals across the state, IACP has taken steps to outline recommendations for state leaders to address the DSP workforce crisis. 

Click here to see the summary document