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HCBS Focus Group Volunteers Needed!

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Iowa is one of four states selected by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help identify core competencies for direct service providers in community based and long term care settings. Core competencies are basically skill sets that providers should have to best provide home and community based services.

The Department of Human Services has developed these "core competencies" and wants to make sure they are on the right track.  They will hold focus groups on March 24 and March 25 to see what providers, direct service workers, and the receipients of these services think about the core competencies, and what might need to be changed.

If you are a direct service worker or someone that receives HCBS waiver services and are willing to volunteer, please contact LeAnn Moskowitz at lmoskow@dhs.state.ia.us or call (515) 256-4653.  The following information should be included:

  • Name
  • Address, phone number and email address.
  • The type of HCBS services received which may include: Elderly, Developmental Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities, Physical Disabilities or Behavioral Health services.

 The department currently needs the following slots to be filled, so let them know soon if you are interested:

  • Behavioral Health: 9 direct service workers, 9 HCBS service recipients/family/guardians
  • Intellectual Disability/Developmental Disability - 4 direct service workers, 5 HCBS service recipients/family/guardians
  • Physical Disability - 9 direct service workers, 7 HCBS service recipients/family/guardians