Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Health and Disability Services

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

Step 1: Complete the Eligibility Screener

Step 2: If you qualify for services, contact your local access office

Adult Diagnostic Categories age 18 and over

  • Mentally Illness (MI)
  • Intellectually Disabled (ID)
  • Developmentally Disabled (DD)

Children’s Diagnostic Categories up to age 18

  • Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH)
  • Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)

Eligibility Criteria Includes:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Lawful resident of Iowa
  • Meets income guidelines of 150% Federal Poverty for most services
  • Meets resource guidelines of $2,000 per individual / $3,000 per household
  • Has a diagnosis of Mental Illness, Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability (may have other co/occurring diagnoses)
  • Completes a Mental Health & Disability Services MHDS Application with a local access staff and participates in a functional assessment, as coordinated by an Integrated Health Homes (IHH) or case management, supporting the need for services.

Poverty Guidelines for 2020

Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income
Client Participation Expanded Region
PSH Medicaid MHDS
HH Size Annual 25% 100% 133% 150% 200%
1 $12,760 $266 $1,063 $1,414 $1,595 $2,127
2 $17,240 $359 $1,437 $1,911 $2,155 $2,873
3 $21,720 $453 $1,810 $2,407 $2,715 $3,620
4 $26,200 $546 $2,183 $2,904 $3,275 $4,367
5 $30,380 $633 $2,532 $3,367 $3,798 $5,063
6 $35,160 $733 $2,930 $3,897 $4,395 $5,860
7 $39,640 $826 $3,303 $4,393 $4,955 $6,607
8 $44,120 $919 $3,677 $4,890 $5,515 $7,353
Additional Person
$4,480 $93 $373 $497 $560

https://aspe.hhs.gov/peverty-guidelines

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

According to Johns Hopkins, an estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older — about 1 in 4 adults — suffers from a diagnose mental disorder in a given year.

Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. In particular, depressive illnesses tend to co-occur with substance abuse and anxiety disorders.

Approximately 9.5% of American adults ages 18 and over, will suffer from a depressive illness (major depression, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia) each year.

Mental Health & Disability Services

Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL) offers 24-hour access crisis services, urgent care, and long-term support services