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Cass • Fremont • Harrison • Mills • Monona • Montgomery • Page • Pottawattamie • Shelby
The Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region (SWIA MHDS) services a nine (9) county area in the beautiful rolling hills of the most southwest corner of Iowa. The geographic area includes the Counties of Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby in the State of Iowa.

The region’s plan is designed to improve health, hope, and successful outcomes for adults in the region who have mental health disabilities and intellectual/developmental disabilities, including those with multi-occurring substance use issues, health issues, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and other complex human service needs, and children who have a diagnosis of serious emotional disturbance as defined in Iowa Code section 225C.2.  It is our mission "to provide a responsive and welcoming system of support for overall mental wellness".

"Empowering individuals and instilling hope for their future" is the vision of SWIA MHDS. With respect and dignity for all people being the center of our approach to providing and funding services, we will strive to offer choices based on individual needs. As funding is available, we will develop services for unmet needs working closely with stakeholders to enhance people’s options within the region.

Detailed information about SWIA MHDS can be found in the Management Plan. Three separate documents make up the management plan including the Annual Service and Budget Plan, Annual Report, and Policies & Procedures Manual.

The Annual Service and Budget Plan includes the services to be provided and the cost of those services, local access points, targeted case management agencies, a plan for ensuring effective crisis prevention and a description of the scope of services, projection of need and cost to meet the need, and provider reimbursement provisions.

The Annual Report provides an analysis of data concerning services managed for the previous fiscal year. The Policies & Procedures Manual includes policies and procedures concerning the management of the MH/DS service and MH/DS plan administration.

Advisory Committee -Children                                  Advisory Committee -Adult

Scott Halverson, Behavioral Health                               Barb Belstene, Individual Representative

Melissa Nation, Child Welfare                                          Daryn Richardson, MH/DD Provider

Jonathan Holland, Child Care Provider                         Mary O'Neill, MH/DD Provider

Kathy Hanafan, Education                                                Scott Halverson, MH Provider

Tarah Devlin-Lawler, Early Child                                      Kate Smith, MH Provider

Ryan McCormick, Juvenile Court                                     Sherrie McDonald, MH Provider  

Anthony Kava, Law Enforcement                                    Berneeta Wagoner, Individual Representative

Allison Leach, Parent                                                       

Ashley Harlow, Pediatrician                     


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Governing Board Members

Bernard Pettinger, Cass County

Clint Blackburn, Fremont County

Tony Smith, Harrison County

Richard Crouch, Mills County

Tom Brouillette, Monona County

Mark Peterson, Montgomery County

Judy Clark, Page County

Tim Wichman, Pottawattamie County

Steve Kenkel, Shelby County

Kathy Hanafan, Education

Mary O'Neill,  Provider (Adult Services)

Scott Halverson, Provider (Child Services)

Berneeta Wagoner, Adult Representative

Allison Leach, Child Representative

This page was printed from the Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services Region on June 23, 2024. For the latest information, visit

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