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Strengthening Employment Services Governance Group for Iowans with Disabilities

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

An updated Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to Strengthen Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities focused on competitive, community-based, integrated employment was signed in October, 2012 by eight State agencies. This MOA creates a structure (Operations Team) for representatives from each partner agency to meet on a regular basis for the purpose of identifying systemic practices and policies that impact employment outcomes for the targeted population. This Operations Team reports to their Agency Directors on the outcomes related to the MOA and acts as a resource to local communities in assessing regional and/or local issues and opportunities.

The eight state partner agencies committed to addressing systemic barriers to employment  and identifying promising practices include:

  • Iowa Department on Aging
  • Iowa Department for the Blind
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Iowa Workforce Development

Strengthening Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities, An Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

Operations Team Members

Please contact members of the Operations Team with questions/suggestions on systemic issues, such as:

  • Strategies to strengthen collaboration across partner agencies;
  • New or continuing barriers to increased collaboration;
  • New needs for further study to resolve barriers to collaboration.

    Terry Hornbuckle, IDA
    510 East 12 Street, Ste 2
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    (515) 725-3323

    Barbara McClannahan, IVRS
    510 East 12th Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    (515) 281-0264

    Doug Keast, IWD
    430 East Grand
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    (515) 281-9045

    Janet Shoeman, DHS
    Hoover Building, Fifth Floor
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    (515) 281-6082

    Mike Williams, DHR-OPD
    Lucas State Office Building, 2nd Floor
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    (515) 281-8088

    Shan Sasser, IDB
    524 4th Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    (515) 281-1256

    Becky Harker, Iowa DD Council
    617 E 2nd
    Des Moines, Iowa  50309
    (515) 281-9083

    Lin Nibbelink, DHS/Mental Health and Disability Services
    1305 E Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa  50319
    (515) 281-3023


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