CHAPTER 225B PREVENTION OF DISABILITIES Chapter repealed effective July 1, 2011; see § 225B.8

225B.1 FINDINGS AND INTENT.
225B.2 DEFINITIONS.
225B.3 PREVENTION OF DISABILITIES POLICY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED -- MEMBERSHIP -- DUTIES.
225B.4 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE TO THE PREVENTION POLICY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED -- MEMBERSHIP -- DUTIES.
225B.5 STATE AGENCIES -- COOPERATIVE EFFORTS.
225B.6 EVALUATION.
225B.7 IMPLEMENTATION.
225B.8 REPEAL.



        

225B.1 FINDINGS AND INTENT. 1. The general assembly finds that: a. Thousands of Iowans are affected by a developmental disability which is a disability that arises before age twenty-two and is of sufficient severity to affect an individual's ability to participate as an independent, productive member of the community. Many other Iowans experience less severe mental or physical disabilities or disabilities which occur in their adult years which require specialized services. Many disabilities are due to conditions that are preventable or could be minimized if recognized or treated early. Preventing disabilities would result in a substantial savings to the state both in terms of human potential and public funds. b. There is a need for a coordinated and comprehensive prevention of disabilities effort in the state. Many state departments and private organizations are involved in prevention activities but there is no unified prevention strategy or ongoing coordination in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of prevention of disabilities activities in the state. 2. It is the intent of the general assembly to establish a system to coordinate prevention of disability activities among the state departments and to assist the governor and the general assembly in determining priorities and establishing policies for the prevention of disabilities.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §1
        

225B.2 DEFINITIONS. As used in this chapter unless the context otherwise requires: 1. "Committee" means the technical assistance committee to the council. 2. "Council" means the prevention of disabilities policy council. 3. "Disability" means a mental or physical impairment that results in significant functional limitation in one or more areas of major life activity and in the need for specialized care, treatment, or training services of extended duration. 4. "Prevention activities" means activities that attempt to eliminate the occurrence of the disability, reduce the prevalence of the disability in the community, identify a problem early and use intervention at the outset to eliminate the potential for abnormality, or minimize the long-term disability or mitigate the effects of the disability.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §2
         Referred to in § 249H.3
        

225B.3 PREVENTION OF DISABILITIES POLICY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED -- MEMBERSHIP -- DUTIES. 1. A prevention of disabilities policy council is established to provide oversight in the development and operation of a coordinated prevention of disabilities system. The council shall consist of the following members: a. Two members of the senate appointed by the senate majority leader and minority leader and two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house and the house minority leader. b. Three providers of disability prevention services, recommended by the governor's developmental disabilities council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the senate. c. Three persons with expertise in priority prevention areas, recommended by the governor's developmental disabilities council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the senate. d. Three persons with disabilities or family members of a person with disabilities, recommended by the governor's developmental disabilities council, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. 2. Members of the council appointed by the governor shall serve three-year staggered terms. Members of the general assembly appointed to the council shall serve two-year terms and shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members. Vacancies on the council shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. Members are entitled to reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in performance of their official duties. 3. The council shall do all of the following: a. Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a coordinated strategy for the prevention of disabilities among state departments which is based upon the Iowa state plan for the prevention of developmental disabilities of 1988. b. Promote cooperative and complementary planning among the public, private, and volunteer sectors involved in prevention activities and research regarding disabilities. c. Develop and implement a system to measure the outcome and assess the overall impact of the prevention efforts of the state. d. Encourage research into the causes and prevention of disabling conditions. e. Promote professional and provider training in state-of-the-art prevention of disabilities measures. f. Recommend policy and priorities for the prevention of disabilities. g. Adopt rules to implement this chapter. h. Seek and apply for federal grants and private foundation funding to support the responsibilities of the council. The council shall also seek in-kind and other private contributions to fulfill the federal matching funds requirements for the purpose of section 225B.7. i. Submit to the governor and the general assembly by November 1, 1992, and annually on November 1 thereafter, a report that includes all of the following: (1) A continuum of cost-effective prevention of disability activities. (2) A listing of existing activities and the state agency responsible for the activities. (3) Recommendations to coordinate the planning, delivery, and evaluation of existing activities. (4) Recommendations to address the lack of prevention of disability activities. (5) Recommendations to measure the outcomes and assess the overall impacts of the state's prevention of disability efforts. (6) Recommendations to promote cooperative planning among the public, private, and volunteer sectors and to increase public-private partnership involvement in prevention of disability activities. (7) A review of existing research and personnel training programs. (8) Priorities for disability prevention activities in the state. (9) Recommendations for legislative, administrative, or budgetary changes. 4. The council shall meet at least six times during the year. A majority of the members of the council constitutes a quorum, and a majority of the council is necessary to act on matters within the purview of the council.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §3; 2001 Acts, ch 74, §12
         Confirmation, see §2.32
        

225B.4 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE TO THE PREVENTION POLICY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED -- MEMBERSHIP -- DUTIES. 1. A technical assistance committee to the prevention of disabilities policy council is established and shall consist of the following members: a. The director of the department of human services, or the director's designee. b. The director of the Iowa department of public health, or the director's designee. c. The director of the department of education, or the director's designee. d. The director of the department of natural resources, or the director's designee. e. The director of the state department of transportation, or the director's designee. f. The commissioner of the department of public safety, or the commissioner's designee. g. The director of the department of human rights, or the director's designee. h. The president of Iowa state university of science and technology, or the president's designee. i. The president of the university of Iowa, or the president's designee. j. The president of the university of northern Iowa, or the president's designee. 2. The technical assistance committee shall do all of the following: a. Provide technical assistance to the council in developing a prevention of disabilities coordination system. b. Establish policies to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of the prevention of disabilities coordination system. c. Recommend prevention of disability priorities to the council. 3. The committee shall meet as needed to assist the council. 4. Members are entitled to reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in performance of their official duties.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §4
        

225B.5 STATE AGENCIES -- COOPERATIVE EFFORTS. The departments represented by the committee shall cooperate with the council in collecting and sharing pertinent data, and in developing, implementing, and evaluating the prevention of disabilities coordination system.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §5
        

225B.6 EVALUATION. The prevention coordination system and the council are subject to review and evaluation by the governor and the general assembly.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §6
        

225B.7 IMPLEMENTATION. The prevention coordination system and the activities of the council shall be implemented as resources are made available.

         Section History: Recent Form

         91 Acts, ch 169, §7; 2001 Acts, ch 74, §13; 2002 Acts, ch 1119,
      §31
         Referred to in § 225B.3
        

225B.8 REPEAL. This chapter is repealed July 1, 2011.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2000 Acts, ch 1228, §40, 46; 2001 Acts, ch 191, §36; 2006 Acts, ch
      1184, §105

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