WHO ARE WE?

Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL) is a Mental Health & Disability Services (MHDS Region comprised of eight countries. Each county has a local access office where people may apply for service funding, receive referrals and get questions answered. The local Coordinator of Disability Services (CDS) or other staff is available to assist applicants.

Funding for services and supports is determined through the enrollment process including a standardized assessment. SEIL shall be the funder of last resort and regional funds shall not replace other funding that is available.

The services funded by the SEIL Mental Health and Disability Services Region can be found on our Services for Everyone page.

MISSION AND VISION

MISSION: Collaborate with our partners to provide welcoming integrated and individualized services that create opportunities to improve lives.

Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL) was formed under Iowa Code Chapter 28E to create a mental health and disability services region in compliance with Iowa Code 331.390. Within this region, SEIL will create a regional management plan designed to improve health, hope, and successful outcomes for the adults in our region who have mental health disabilities and intellectual/developmental disabilities and children with behavioral health concerns and/or serious emotional disturbance that results in a functional impairment. In accordance with the principles enumerated in the legislative redesign, complex needs legislation, and children’s behavioral health legislation, SEIL will work in a quality improvement partnership with stakeholders in SEIL (providers, families, individuals, and partner health and human service systems), other MHDS/CBHRegions, and Managed Care Organizations to develop an integrated system of care approach that is characterized by the following principles and values:

  • Welcoming, individualized, and integrated services
  • Provide access to comprehensive need-based services
  • Person and family driven
  • Being able to sustain a quality of life in the community of choice
  • Recovery/resiliency oriented
  • Trauma-informed•Culturally competent
  • Multi-occurring capable

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

SEIL organizational structure assigns the ultimate responsibility for the non-Medicaid funded MHDS services with the governing board. Member counties will appoint one member from the County Board of Supervisors (or designee) and an alternate member to serve as a Director on the Governing Board. The Board of Supervisors of each member county shall select its Director and he or she shall serve for a 2 year appointment or the end of each person’s service as a county supervisor. Any Director appointed under this Section may be removed for any reason by the county appointing the Director, upon written notice to SEIL’s Governing Board, which notice shall designate a successor Director to fill the vacancy.

The Governing Board shall include two ex-officio and non-voting representatives: one representing individuals who utilize mental health and disability services or an actively involved relative of such an individual and one representing service providers in SEIL. Both Directors shall be designated by the Advisory Board, with such appointment to become effective upon acknowledgement by the Governing Board of SEIL. Each Director shall serve an initial term of one year, which shall begin July, 2014, with appointments thereafter to be for two year terms. No member shall be an employee of the Department of Human Services.