Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Adult Services

The following is a list of Adult Services provided in the state of Iowa.  The information and resources contained on this web page are for educational and informational purposes only and are not considered to be a full endorsement from the Autism Society of Iowa.

Commonly Used Acronyms and Abbreviations

Day Hab: Day Habilitation
HCBS: Home & Community Based Services
SCL: Supported Community Living. Can be hourly services anywhere from a few hours per week to 24 hours/day.
DD: Developmental Disability
ID: Intellectual Disability
BI: Brain Injury
RCF/ID: Residential Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled
ICF/ID: Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled
SE: Supported Employment through HCBS or Voc Rehab
MI: Mentally Ill or Mental Illness
BHIS: Behavioral Health Intervention Services
BD: Behavior Disability
BI: Brain Injury
CCO: Consumer Choice Option
CLS: Community Living Services
CMI: Chronically Mentally Ill
DHS: Department of Human Services
HBH: Home-Based Habilitation
IVR: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation
JC: Job Coach (for Supported Employment)
JD: Job Development (for Supported Employment)
MH/DD: Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities


Access, Inc.   
20 5th Street NW   Hampton, IA 50441 
  (641) 456-2532

  • http://accessincorporated.org
  • Counties Served: Hardin, Franklin, Butler, and Cerro Gordo, Polk County
  • Residential Services: SCL Hourly & 24 Hour, BI SCL 24 Hour & Hourly, Day Habilitation Hourly & 24 Hour
  • Vocational Services: Pre-Vocational (age 18 or transitional students)


Area Residential Care   
3355 Kennedy Circle, Dubuque, IA 52002
   (563) 556-7560

  • http://arearesidentialcare.org/
  • Areas Served: Dubuque, Dyersville, and Manchester
  • Residential Services: ICF/ID, RCF/ID, Supervised Apartments
  • Day Services: Vocational, Day Habilitation and Adult Daycare


Balance Autism   
1625 Adventureland Drive, Ste B   Altoona, IA   
(515) 967-4369


Susan Bartlett, M.D.   
Van Diest Medical Center , 2350 Hospital Drive, Webster City, IA 50595515-832-9400


  9550 White Oak Ln, Johnston IA 50131  (

  • http://www.candeoiowa.org
  • Areas served: Polk County
  • Residential Services: HCBS, SCL (sites and hourly), BI, Habilitation
  • Vocational Services: SE, Project Search


Christian Opportunity Center   
(515) 270-0305

  • http://www.christianopportunity.org
  • Areas served:  Marion, Warren, Polk, and Mahaska counties
  • Residential services: ICF/MR, HCBS, SCL
  • Vocational services: Contract work, Day Habilitation, SE


Community Support Advocates   
6000 Aurora, Suite B   Des Moines, Iowa   50322
   (515) 883-1776 ext. 246

  • http://www.teamcsa.org
  • Areas served: Polk, Warren, Jasper and Story
  • Residential services: Hourly Home Based Habilitation & hourly ID waiver
  • Other: Integrated Services, Case Management, Service Coordination,
Integrated Health Program for ages 16-26, Knowledge Empowers Youth (KEY)


Comprehensive Systems, Inc.   PO Box 457   Charles City, IA 50616-0457   (641) 228-4842

  • http://www.comprehensivesystems.org/index.html
  • Areas Served:
    • Mason City, IA (Cerro Gordo County)
    Residential Services: RCF/ID, SCL/Respite
    Vocational Services: Pre Vocational, Day Habilitation
    • Charles City, IA (Floyd County)
    Residential Services: ICF/ID, SCL/Respite
    Vocational Services: Pre Vocational, Day Habilitation
    • Cedar Falls, IA (Black Hawk County)
    Residential Services: ICF/ID, SCL
    Vocational Services: SCL, Pre Vocational, Day Habilitation
    • Osage, IA (Mitchell County)
    Residential Services: RCF/ID
    • New Hampton, IA (Chickasaw County)
    Residential Services: RCF/ID, SCL/Respite
    Vocational Services: Pre Vocational, Day Habilitation


Developmental Services of Iowa, Inc.   535 W. Broadway, Suite 202    Council Bluffs, IA 51503    (712)314-3811

  • http://www.dsiowa.com/
  • Des Moines, 1701 48th Street, Suite 260, West Des Moines, IA, 50266
  • Sioux City, 5006 Sergeant Road #422, Sioux City, IA, 51106
  • Supported Employment
  • Job Coaching
  • Job Development
  • Other: Group Respite, Basic Individual Respite, SCL


Easter Seals   401 N.E. 66th Avenue   Des Moines   (515)309-1300

  • www.eastersealsia.org
  • Residential Services: SCL, hourly and daily
  • Vocational Services: Pre-vocational; EmployAbility, Project Search
  • Other: Day Camp, Residential Camp, Respite, Case Management, Rural Solutions, Assistive Technology Center, Child Development Center. Adult day services both site based and community based: Life Club and Clients Socially Integrated. The summer day camp program and Child Development Center are integrated for children with and without disabilities.


G&G Living Centers   
602 Kosciusko St.- Guttenberg, IA
 (563) 252-3811

  • Areas Served: Guttenberg, Garnavillo, and Edgewood
  • Residential Services: SCL 24 hour, SCL hourly, RCF/MR, ICF/ID
  • Vocational Services: Pre-voc, Sheltered, Job Coaching, Day Habilitation


Goodwill Industries

4900 NE 22nd Street- Des Moines, IA 50313   
(515) 265-5323
16 E Main Street Ste 108- Marshalltown IA   
(641) 691-7586
  • http://www.dmgoodwill.org
  • Areas Served: Greater Des Moines, Marshalltown and surrounding rural areas of Des Moines
Vocational Services: SE, Work Adjustment, Work Development, Work Experience
Other: Day Services, Case Management


  3860 Middle Road   Bettendorf, IA  52722   
(563) 332-8010

Counties served: Scott & Rock Island County IL
Services: Respite programs available including:  Inspiration Studio (Art for individuals with special needs) Girl Scouts (Young women in Scouting – social activities and traditional scouting programs) bowling league, fitness and evening programs. They also hope to develop volunteer opportunities for individuals with special needs.


Harmony House Health Care Center   
2950 West Shaulis Road   Waterloo, IA 50701   
(319) 234-4495


Hills and Dales   
1011 Davis Street   Dubuque, IA 52001   
(563) 556-7878

  • http://www.hillsdales.org
Residential Services: ICF/ID, SCL, Respite, HCBS
  • Vocational Services: Life Training Center, Day Habilitation
  • Other: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children


Hope Haven Area Development Center Corp   
Burlington, IA   (319) 754-4689

Residential Services: ICF/MR, RCF/MR, Independent living apartments
  • Vocational Services: Adult Development Program, Day Habilitation, TEACCH, Pre-vocational, day program, Sheltered Workshop Program


Horizons Unlimited   
4826 460th Avenue   Emmetsburg, IA 50536   
(712) 852-2211

  • http://www.horizons-unlimited.net/
  • Counties Served: Clay, Kossuth, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Mills, Dickinson, Emmet, Blackhawk, Humboldt, O’Brien, Pocahontas, Polk, Story, Webster, Wright, Palo Alto
  • Residential Services: RCF/MR, HCBS
Vocational Services: Day Habilitation, SE, Sheltered Workshop (not all locations offer the same services)


Howard Center  
1319 Early Street   Sac City, IA 50583
   (712) 662-7844
   &   PO Box 366   Carroll, IA 51401   
(712) 794-0456

  • http://howardcenterinc.org/
  • Residential Services: HCBS SCL, Respite, Habilitation
  • Vocational Services: Pre-Vocational, SE, Sheltered Workshop, Contract Services, Day Habilitation
  • Other: Service Coordination, CDAC, Home and Vehicle Modification


Imagine The Possibilities
 – Corporate Office:   1710 E Maple Street, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060  Phone: 563-652-5252


Innovative Industries, Inc.   
215 N Walnut Street   Creston, IA 50801

  • http://www.innovative-industries.org
  • Areas Served: Taylor, Union, Adair, Adams, Ringgold Counties
  • Residential Services: RCF, SCL
  • Vocational Services: Pre-Vocational, Work Services, Employment Services, Work Activity, Day Habilitation, Enclave
  • Other: Transportation is available through Southern Iowa Trolley, also weekend transportation for supported employment


Intra National Home Care  160 Southgate Avenue Suite A  Iowa City, IA  52240 319-954-1177

  • Intra National Home Care recently expanded to Iowa and has purchased Harambee in Iowa City. Intra is providing SCL hourly and 24-hours, Respite, Group Respite, Consumer Attendant Directed Care (CDAC) and Day Habilitation and is serving the following waivers: Intellectual Disability, Health and Disability, Children Mental Health, Brain Injury, Physical Disability, HIV/AIDS and Elderly.
  • https://www.facebook.com/IntraIC/


Iowa Compass 
100 Hawkins Dr. #S295   Iowa City, IA 52242

  • http://www.iowacompass.org/
  • Services:  free disability information and referral, a used adapted equipment listing service and legal help with adapted devices to Iowans with disabilities, their families and service providers.


Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation  
510 E 12th Street   Des Moines, IA 50319
   (515) 281-4211

Vocational Services: Assessment and Evaluation, Transition, Assistive Technology, Community Based Assessment, Referrals, Rehab counseling, Benefits Planning, On The Job Training, Adaptive Aids and Devices, Placement Services, Job Club, Job Consultation, Job Seeking Skills Training, Self-Employment
  • Residential Services: Independent Living Services, Disability Management, Personal Assistants, Assistive Technology


The Larrabee Center, Inc.  117 11th Street NW   Waverly, IA   (319)352-2234


LifeWorks Community Services   
Fort Dodge, IA
 & Humboldt, IA

  • http://lifeworkscommunityservices.org
  • Day/Employment Services, Business Office
    1303 A St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    620 Sumner Ave., Ste. 3, Humboldt, IA 50548
    Phone: 515-576-2126
    Fax: 515-576-2251
  • Residential Services
    525 South 15th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    620 Sumner Ave. Ste. 3, Humboldt, IA 50548
    Phone: 515-955-6579


Link Associates   
4301 NE 14th Street   Des Moines, IA   
(515) 262-8888

  • http://www.linkassociates.org
  • Residential Services: RCF-MR, HCBS, Family Support Services (Respite)
Vocational Services: Supported Employment, Sheltered Worksite, Pre-Vocational
  • Other: Developmental Center for Adults, Special Olympics, Sports, Case Management, Representative Payee Services, Transportation Services


Lutheran Services of Iowa

  • Areas Served: Ames, Anamosa, Boone, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Decorah, Denison, Des Moines, Dubuque, Manchester, Muscatine, Newton, Sioux City, Spencer, Waterloo, Waverly
  • Residential Services: SCL, Respite
Other: Adoption Services


Mainstream Living   
2012 E 13th Street   Ames, IA   
515-232-8405  &  333 SW 9th Street   Des Moines, IA   

  • http://www.mainstreamliving.org
  • Residential Services: HCBS, Supervised Apartment, SCL, RCF/PMI, TAY (Transitional Age Youth- ages 18-25)
  • Vocational Services: Employment and Learning Center


Mid-Step Services, Inc.   
4303 Stone Avenue   Sioux City, IA  51106   
(712) 274-2252

  • Residential Services: ICF/ID, HCBS, SCL
  • Vocational Services: Pre-Vocational, Contract Work
  • Other: Recreation Services, outings and socialization opportunities for retired consumers


Mosaic, Inc.   
Serving Areas Throughout Iowa


NAMI Iowa   3839 Merle Hay Road , Suite 229, Des Moines, IA 50310


New Hope   
1211 E 18th Street   Carroll, IA 51401
   (712) 792-5500

  • http://www.newhopevillage.org
Residential Services: ICF/MR, RCF/MR, SCL
  • Vocational Services: Community Employment (Supported Employment), Organizational Employment (Worksites)


North Iowa Transition Center   
408 1st St. NW   Mason City, IA 50401
   (641) 424.8708

  • www.nitc-ia.org
Residential Services: RCF/MI, SCL, CSS (Community Support Services), Respite
  • Vocational Services: None


One Vision   
1200 N 9th Street W   Clear Lake, IA 50428
   (641) 355-1251

  • https://www.onevision.org
Residential Services: ICF/MR, group homes, HCBS, SCL
  • Vocational Services: Contract work, Day Service


Optimae LifeServices   
301 W. Burlington   Fairfield, IA 52556   
(641) 472-1684

  • http://www.optimaelifeservices.com
  • Optimae LifeServices serves individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities in Central, Eastern and Southern Iowa. The company has nearly tripled its footprint in the past decade and now serves individuals from 39 counties.


The Pier Center for Autism   Sioux City, IA   (712) 522-2961


Progress Industries:  
Jasper County – 1017 E. 7th St. N.   Newton, Iowa  50208   (641) 792-6119
Progress Industries: Des Moines Office, 4440 NE Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317 515-557-1810

  • www.progressindustries.org
  • Residential Services: HCBS, Supported Community Living, ICF/ID
  • Employment Services: Work Site Assessments, Job Preparation, Supported Employment
  • Other: Day Habilitation


REM Iowa, Inc.  
1661 Boyson Square Dr., Suite 202  Hiawatha, IA 52233   (319) 393-1944

  • http://www.remiowa.com
Serving many areas throughout Iowa.
  • Residential Services: HCBS, ICF/MR (Not all locations provide the same services.)


Respite Connection   
2469 106th Street   Urbandale, IA 50322   
(515) 277.1050 or (866) 377-1050


Stepping Stones   1308 8th St #5   West Des Moines, IA 50265   515-276-6338

  • www.steppingstoneia.com
  • Residential Services: BHIS, Hab, Outpatient Therapy, Children’s Mental Health Waiver
  • Counties served: Story, Polk, Dallas, Warren, and Madison


Systems Unlimited

  • https://www.sui.org
  • Main office is in Iowa City, but also have satellite offices in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Monticello, Muscatine, Tipton and Washington.


Tenco Industries Inc   
3001 West Grimes   Fairfield, IA 52556   
(641) 472-3770

Tenco Industries Inc   
710 Gateway Drive   Ottumwa, IA 52501   
(641) 682-8114

  • http://www.tenco.org
  • Residential Services: SCL, Adult Day Center, Adult Day Life Skills, Adult Day Seniors, RCF in Keosauqua
Vocational Services: Pre-Vocational, Supported Employment, Contract Work


Village Northwest Unlimited   330 Village Circle   Sheldon, IA 51201   
(712) 324-4873

  • http://www.villagenorthwest.org
  • Residential Services:  ICF/ID, RCF, HCBS/ID-SCL, HCBS/BI-SCL, Hourly SCL, Home-Based Hab
  • Vocational Services: Supported Employment, Job Development, Job Coaching, Enclave & Pre-Vocational services


Woodward Resource Center   
1251 334th Street   Woodward, IA 50276   
(515) 438-3511