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Getting the skills to live as independently as possible and desired begins in the school years. Taking care of your health is an important part of this. Below are some organizations to help you achieve your independent living goals as an adult.

Central Point of Coordination (CPC) – Call your local county.
The CPC helps direct the managed care (and funding) aspects of independent living and other services forindividuals with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and sometimes mental illness, as mandated by state law. You may get case management or other services to help you with independent living through your CPC.

      Muscatine County - Mike Johanssen (563) 263-7512
      Louisa County - Pat Colthurst- (319) 523-8815
      Cedar County - Julie Tischuk - (563) 886-1726

Consumer Designed Services
(563)288-9530 or (563) 299-1117
Home & Community Based Waiver services, Supported Community Living, and the Adult Rehabilitation Option (ARO). Service planning is consumer directed.

(563) 263-3545
1424 Houser Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761
Two Home and Community Based (HCBS) MR Waiver homes are available in Muscatine and one in Tipton.
Vocational Evaluation, work adjustment and skills. Sheltered workshop.

Department of Public Health (in each county)

      Muscatine County - (563) 263-0122, 1609 Ceadr Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
      Louisa County - (319) 523-3981, 805 James L. Hodges Ave. N, Wapello, IA 52653
      Cedar County - (319) 886-2226, 400 Cedar, Tipton, IA 52722

Iowa Compass:
1-800-779-2001(V) or 1-877-686-0032(TTY)
web site:
Toll free information by telephone for Iowans of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. This information is free, confidential, and comprehensive and may pertain to all types of services, supports, and advocacy.

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) – Call your local county
3210 Harmony Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761
Web site:
DHS can assist with independent living skills services, as well las the funding and-or referrals for such services. Information is also available on state programs to build basic living skills, obtain medical assistance or in-home care/assistance. The Louisa and Cedar Counties offices are open by appointment only. Please call the Muscatine office before you come to these offices.

      Muscatine & Cedar Counties - (563) 263-9302
      Louisa County - 1-877-272-0614

Louisa County Public Health Nursing Services
(319) 523-3981
805 James L. Hodges Ave. N, Wapello, IA 52653
Provides home health services including home health aides, visiting nurses, and medication management for Louisa County residents.

Muscatine County Community Services (MCCS)
315 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761
General Assistance, Trust, and Central Point of Coordination (CPC) services for eligible consumers. Assistance with food, shelter, and medical expenses. Money Management including Social Security payeeships, conservatorships, and guardianships. Determination of eligibility for county-funded services for persons with disabilities. Social Work, Mental Health, and Vocational Services for persons with disabilities. Programs provided include Title 19 Case Management, county Social Work, Community Support Program, Snackers Vocational Assessment and Training, and WINGS Community Employment Services.

New Choices, Inc.
(563) 262-0393
1608 Cedar Street, Suite B, Muscatine, Iowa 52761
(563) 523-3064
301 North 2nd Street, Wapello, Iowa 52653
Intake and assessment, referral, coordination and monitoring of disability services in the home. Providing Home & Community Based Services (HCBS), MR and Brain Injury Waiver Services, Supported Employment Program (SEP) and Adult Rehabilitation Options (ARO).

Odessa in Wapello, managed by Hope Haven
(319) 523-8365
A 37-bed residential care facility located 5 miles outside of Wapello, for adults with mental retardation or mentalillness.

OPTMAE Life Services
(563) 263-5594
1906 Houser Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761
Residential care facility services in two settings (68 beds – Prairie Park and 15 beds – Houser Street). Community Based Supported Living services for persons with mental retardationin two Waiver homes – Tanglefoot and Fulliam. Also hourly. Supported Community Living Services for persons with mental retardation, brain injury, mental illness and developmental disabilities. Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. Respite services. Adult Rehabilitation services for persons with chronic mental illness. Psychiatric services (including medication management, outpatient therapy, and evaluation.

Trinity Hospital, Muscatine
(563) 264-9100

Trinity Visiting Nurse Health Care Association-Muscatine
(563) 263-3325
1609 Cedar street, Muscatine, IA 52761
Provides home health services including home health aides, visiting nurses, and medication management and psychiatric nursing for Muscatine County residents.

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