Heart of Iowa Community Services (HICS) was formed under Iowa Code Chapter 28E to create a mental health and disability service region in compliance with Iowa Code 331.390. Within this region, HICS will create a regional management plan designed to improve health, hope, and successful outcomes for the adults and children in our 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.
Guthrie County Board of Supervisors
Dallas County Board of Supervisors
Audubon County Board of Supervisors
Heart of Iowa Community Services
Heart of Iowa Community Services
GOVERNING BOARD POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Governing Board Directors: The Governing Board of Directors shall contain the following Directors:
a) Each member county shall appoint one of its supervisors and an alternate to serve as Directors on the Governing Board. The Board of Supervisors of each member county shall select its Director and alternate and they shall serve at the pleasure of the county appointing the Director and alternate, until a successor is appointed, or until the earlier death, resignation, or the end of such person’s service as a county supervisor. Any Director appointed under this Section may be removed for any reason by the county appointing the Director, upon written notice to the Region’s Board of Directors, which notice shall designate a successor Director to fill the vacancy. Initial directors appointed under this section shall serve a term that begins on the Effective Date and ends one year from the first January 1st after the Effective Date. Directors appointed hereafter under this section shall serve one year terms beginning each January 1st.
b) At least one mental health consumer and/or family member of a consumer, who utilizes mental health and disability services, or is an actively involved relative of such an individual. This Director shall be appointed by the advisory committee described below, with such appointment to become effective upon approval by the Governing Board of the Region. This Director shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting Director. Initial directors appointed under this section shall serve a term that begins on the Effective Date and ends one year from the first January 1st after the Effective Date. Directors appointed hereafter under this section shall serve one year terms beginning each January 1st.
c) At least one individual representing service providers in the Region. This Director shall be appointed by the advisory committee described below, with such appointment to become effective upon approval by the Governing Board of the Region. This Director shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting Director. This Director shall be appointed to two year terms, with the initial term beginning upon the Effective Date.
4.2 Director Vacancies.
a) County-Appointed Directors and Alternates: If a vacancy occurs during the term of a county-appointed Director, due to death, resignation, or end of service as a county supervisor of such Director, the designated Alternate will serve as Director until the position is filled. Director and Alternate vacancies shall be filled within thirty (30) days of its occurrence by the county having the right of appointment.
b) Advisory Committee-Appointed Directors. If a vacancy occurs during the term of an advisory committee-appointed Director, due to death or resignation of such Director, the vacancy shall be filled within ninety (90) days of its occurrence by the committee having the right of appointment. Such appointment to fill a vacancy shall become effective upon the approval of the Governing Board of the Region.
4.3 Voting Procedures for Governing Board Members. Each county-appointed Director shall have one vote. A quorum must be present in order for the Governing Board to take action. A quorum shall be three (3) county-appointed Directors. The Governing Board shall take action by approval from the majority of the county-appointed Directors present. Voting shall be done by roll call vote. Proxy voting will not be allowed; however, a Governing Board Director may attend up to two (2) meetings per year via electronic means and be considered present for purposes of quorum and voting.
4.5 Board Officers. The Governing Board shall organize itself and at its initial meeting elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. Thereafter, at the first meeting each calendar year, the Governing Board shall elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary for the next ensuing one (1) calendar year.
a) The Chair shall preside at the Board’s meetings, preserve order and enforce this Agreement
b) The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair. During the temporary absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall discharge the duties of the Chair. Should the Chair be permanently absent or disabled, the Vice-Chair shall succeed to the office of the Chair.
c) The Secretary shall keep minutes of all Board meetings.
d) Meetings will be scheduled as needed.
4.6 Powers of the Governing Board. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement and the Region’s bylaws, the Region shall be under the direction and control of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer. The Governing Board shall serve as the Regional Administrative Entity, as defined in Iowa Code Section 331.388(4). The Governing Board of Directors shall have each and all of the following powers:
a) To contract with any public or private entity to provide all necessary services;
b) To adopt the Region’s budget and oversee the Region’s finances;
c) To receive reports from the Management Team;
d) To approve the Region’s Management Plan and other required Region Plans;
e) To rent, lease or purchase any tangible personal property, real estate or services reasonably necessary to fulfill the purposes of this Agreement;
f) To establish a system of accounting and budgeting, and a system for receiving payments;
g) To retain legal counsel, accountants and other professional individuals needed in order to fulfill the purposes of this Agreement;
h) To designate a fiscal agent for the Region;
i) To appoint and establish committees to serve the Region;
j) To hear disputes and appeals of clients of the Region;
k) Oversight of quality control, service utilization, service outcomes, policy compliance and related operation issues of the Region;
l) To receive input from the Advisory Committee, Management Team and other stakeholders of the Region;
m) To sue and be sued;
n) To make and enforce bylaws or rules and regulations for the management and operation of the Region’s business and affairs;
o) To do and perform any acts authorized by the Code of Iowa, under, through or by means of its officers, agents and employees, or by contracts with any person or entity;
p) To consult with representatives of Federal, State and local agencies and departments, and their officers and employees, and to contract with such agencies and departments;
q) To receive funds from each member county as set forth in this Agreement;
r) To accept grants, contributions or loans from Federal, State or local agencies;
s) To establish the times and places for business meetings and educational conferences, and set agendas for those meetings and conferences; and
t) To exercise any other power or do any other legal act necessary to discharge its obligations and fulfill the purposes of this Agreement.
The Board may delegate any of these powers to staff of the Region or staff of member counties serving the Region as the Board deems necessary. The Board may adopt such policies, rules, regulations and actions not inconsistent with law or this Agreement.