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Resources in Iowa


AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers information, counseling and claims service to all honorably discharged veterans and their dependents concerning disability compensation, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension, education, employment, and other benefits.

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Phone: 319-290-0901
Address: 5826 Caldwell Rd
Coggon, Iowa 52218



Brain Injury Support Groups

Brain injury support groups can be a valuable source of information, emotional support, encouragement and social activities for people who have sustained a brain injury as well as family members and other caregivers.

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  • Central Area Support Caregiver and Survivor Groups
    • Phone: Chelsea Adams, 515-612-4104 or
    • Address: Cafe Diem Meeting Room, 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd, #800, Ankeny, Iowa
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Third Monday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m. Separate caregiver group available.
  • Iowa City Caregiver/Survivor Support Group
    • Phone: Kathryn Strandell – 703-899-2327 or
    • Address: Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop, 730 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Monday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Iowa City Recreational Meeting at Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop
    • Phone: Kathryn Strandell – 703-899-2327 or
    • Address: Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop, 730 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Date/Time of Meeting: First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Cedar Rapids “Beginning Again” Survivor Support Group
    • Phone: Scott McDowell – 319-777-9318 or
    • Address: Horizons Family Services, 819 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Third Monday of the month 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. *For transportation, call Jamee Weber at 319-899-4243
  • Mason City Area Support Group
    • Phone: Pat Teeter 641-425-9818, or
    • Address: Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, 1000 4th St SW, Mason City, Iowa (Park at Forest Park Clinic West parking lot. Use hospital west entrance and that lobby’s single elevator. Follow signs.)
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Monday of the month 6:30 p.m.
  • Dubuque Area Support Group
    • Phone: 855-444-6443
    • Address: Mercy Hospital – Room 1B, 250 Mercy Dr., Dubuque, IA
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Thursday of the month 7 p.m.
  • Northwest Iowa Brain Injury Support Group
    • Phone: Rob Schramm, 515-570-9816 or
    • Address: United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Laurens, Iowa (Park and enter on the south side of the church off of Olive St)
    • Date/Time of Meeting: 2nd Thursday of the month 6 p.m.
  • Quad Cities Area Support Group
    • Phone: Jan Barker – 63-340-0995 or
    • Address: Genesis West, Reflection Room (past the elevators) 1351 W. Central Park Davenport, IA Please use the Lombard St. Entrance
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Monday of the month 7:15 p.m.
  • Marshalltown Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
    • Phone: Daryl Lorell – 641-751-8334, or
    • Address: Glenwood Place – Assisted Living and Memory Care, 2907 S. 6th St., Marshalltown, IA 50158
    • Date/Time of Meeting: First Wednesday of the month 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Northeast Iowa Area Survivor and Family Group
    • Phone: Steven Eilers – 319-429-0689, or
    • Address: Kimball Ridge Center, 2101 Kimball, Waterloo
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
  • Muscatine Brain Injury Support Group
    • Phone: Jeanne Johnson, 563-260-6230 or
    • Address: Our Savior Lutheran Church- 2611 Lucas St. Muscatine, IA 52761
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Tuesday of the month 5:30 p.m.
  • Harmony House Survivor and Family Brain Injury Support Group
    • Phone: Alexis Byrne and Kathy Ford, 319-234-4495,
    • Address: Harmony House Health Care Center – Conference Room on STEPS, 2950 W. Shaulis Road, Waterloo
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Second Saturday of each month 1 p.m.
  • The Modalities Aphasia Group – Improving Communication (MAGIC) Iowa City
    • The purpose of this group is to provide support & education to people with aphasia and their family members. Participants will have opportunities to practice developing their communication skills.
    • Phone: Jocelen Hamilton, M.A., CCC-SLP; 319-467-0913; or Jean K. Gordon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; 319-335-8729;
    • Address: Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic; 250 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA
    • Date/Time of Meeting: Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Client Assistance Program

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) can provide information and support to individuals who have questions or complaints about Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services in their state. The CAP program can explain the rights and responsibilities of people receiving services from VR, can mediate disputes between clients and VR, and can advise or assist in filing formal complaints or appeals of VR decisions.

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Phone: 515-281-3656 
Toll Free : 800-652-4298 
Address: 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319 



Independent Living Center

Independent Living Centers are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Each ILC offers independent living skills training, peer counseling, and information about services that can assist a person live as independently as possible in the community.

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League of Human Dignity
Address: 1520 Avenue M
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Central Iowa Center for Independence
Phone: 515-243-1742
Address: 100 East Euclid Ave Ste 105
Des Moines, IA 50313


Medicaid Office

Medicaid provides basic health care for people who have a disability, limited income, or receive certain other government benefits. Medicaid offices offer information on who is eligible and how to apply for Medicaid. In some states, a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver (HCBS) exists, which helps people with brain injury who prefer to get long-term care services and supports in their home or community instead of an institutional setting like a nursing home.

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Phone: 800-972-2017 
Address: Hoover State Office Building, 1305 E Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50319 

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Parent Training and Information Center

Parent Training and Information Centers help parents of children with disabilities, including brain injury, understand their rights and obtain appropriate services for their children within the school system. Services can include peer to peer support and assistance, advocacy for services, parent or school training, and referral to available community resources.

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Phone: 515-243-1713
Toll Free: 800-450-8667
Address: 5665 Greendale Rd Ste D
Johnston, IA 50131


Protection and Advocacy

The Protection and Advocacy office works with people with disabilities, including brain injury, to ensure access to appropriate supports and services which can include educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing, transportation, and employment opportunities. It also works to prevent the abuse, neglect and inappropriate placement of people with disabilities.

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Disability Rights Iowa
Phone: 515-278-2502
Toll Free: 800-779-2502 
Address: 400 E Court Ave Ste 300
Des Moines, IA 50309




Victims of Crime Compensation Fund

Crime victim compensation programs across the country offer crucial financial assistance to victims of violent crimes. This government program is designed to pay for some of the costs that can result from being the victim of a violent crime. This can include payments for some medical expenses, counseling costs, lost wages or burial expenses.

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Phone: 515-281-5044 
Toll Free: 800-373-5044 
Address: Lucas State Office Building, 321 E 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50319 



Vocational Rehabilitation

A federal/state program designed to assist people with a disability to return to gainful employment. Individualized services can include assessment, evaluation, career counseling, counseling, job training and job support.

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Phone: 515-281-4211
Toll Free: 800-532-1486
Address: 510 E 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50319



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