Iowa State Plan for Independent Living

The SPIL is the plan for how Iowa will strengthen the network of Centers for Independent Living, and the services and resources that are needed for all individuals with disabilities, to help them live independently and not be forced to live in institutions. The plan is also a critical instrument in order for the state to receive federal funding to provide these services.

2021-2023 SPIL Goals

Strengthening the IL Network as a whole, including collaboration with partners.

Strengthening Centers for Independent Living, including resource development

Strengthening services and supports for Consumers through Systems Change Advocacy

Providing outreach, including leadership and systems advocacy trainings for Consumers

Senator Harkin and Road to Freedom Bus Visiting Iowa in 2015

Purpose and Background

The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) is a required plan in order for a state to receive federal Part C and federal Part B funding for Independent Living Services.

In Iowa, the federal Part C funds are allocated directly to the six Centers for Independent Living. The federal Part B funds are allocated to Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and IVRS distributes the Part B funding to all the partners in the Iowa Independent Living Network in the manner outlined in the SPIL.

Those partners are:

  • The six Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
  • The Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB)
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).

IVRS also receives and distributes the State funding allocated to the CILs in the manner outlined in the SPIL.

Seeking Your Input!

The SILC meetings are open to the public and public comment is welcome. For meeting dates, locations, agendas, or minutes, or if you or someone you know is interested in serving on the SILC, please contact us.

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