Our Impact

We are changing the mental health landscape in Iowa! Keep reading to learn about the ripples of changes that are spreading across the state.


Learn about the number of people in Iowa being trained as PSS and FPSS and where they work


Learn about the process of developing of a scope of work for FPSS and PSS.


In February 2015, the Iowa Department of Human Services contracted with the University of Iowa’s (UI) Division of Child & Community Health (DCCH) to train the Peer Support and Family Peer Support workforce in Iowa. DCCH engaged collaborative partners to assist with the project including: UI National Resource for Family Centered Practice, ASK Resource Center, Child Health Speciality Clinic, and NAMI Iowa. During this six-year project, these agencies will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop curricula, conduct training, educate supervisors, provide continuing education, and make recommendations for certification.

Prior to this six-year project, trainings were FUNDED by the following partners:

  • PSS: Magellan (2005)
  • PSS: Iowa Department of Human Services (2006-2012, 2014-2015)
  • FPSS: Magellan (2014-2015)

Prior to this six-year project, trainings were PROVIDED by :

  • PSS: Magellan (2005)
  • PSS: Iowa Peer Support Training Academy (2006-2012)
  • PSS: Life Connections (2013-2014)
  • PSS: Waubonsie Community Mental Health, Hope Haven, Life Connections (2014-2015)
  • FPSS: University of Iowa (2014-2015)