Central Point of Coordination (CPC) is the term adopted by the State County Management Committee to define the "Single Point of Entry" required by Chapter 331 of the Iowa Code.

  Marion County, Iowa - Mid-Iowa Behavioral Health Region

(formerly known as Central Point of Coordination or CPC)

As of July 1, 2014, Marion County has regionalized with Mahaska County, per SF 2315. The region is called Mid-Iowa Behavioral Health (MIBHR), and still performs the same functions as the CPC office. MIBHR was formed under Iowa Code Chapter 28E to create a mental health and disabilities service region in compliance with Iowa Code 331.390.  This Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Management is designed to improve health, quality of life, and successful outcomes for the adults 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.

In accordance with the principles listed in the legislative mental health redesign, MIBHR will work in a quality improvement partnership with stakeholders in the region:  providers, families, individuals, and partner health and human service systems to develop a system of care approach that is characterized by the following principles and values:

        Welcoming and individual-oriented

         Person and family driven

         Recovery/resiliency oriented


         Culturally competent

         Multi-occurring capable


The table of organization for the region is as follows:


         Governing Board

         Advisory Committee

         Chief Executive Officer

         Regional Staff

Each county will have a local access office, with a Coordinator of Disability Services, CDS, (formerly known as CPC). Duties for the region continue as follows: centralized intake for persons wishing to access county funded mental health services, determine residency, service coordination, service and cost tracking, collection and reporting of data, authorizing funding within the guidelines established by the regional plan, public education, strategic planning, development of the annual regional budget, quality assurance and collaboration with other funders, services providers, consumers and other stakeholders. The CEO and CDSís are accountable to the Regional Governance Board.


As of April 28, 2014 the MIBHR (CPC) office is now located at the Public Health building at 2003 N. Lincoln St. in Knoxville


Mid-Iowa Behavioral Health Region shall directly administer the regional MHDS Plan through the Local County Community Services offices and contract with service providers to meet the service needs of the individuals.  Member counties shall provide adequate credentialed staff to carry out the administration of this Plan.

Mahaska County Community Services

301 1st Ave E., Oskaloosa, IA 50208


Marion County Community Services

2003 N. Lincoln, Knoxville, IA 50138



MIBHR does not intend to contract management responsibility for any aspect of the regional system of care to any agency or entity.  The MIBHR Governing Board shall retain full authority for the regional system of care and the associated fixed budget.

Funding authorization decisions shall be made by the MIBHR staff, who shall have no financial interest in the services or supports to be provided.  In the event that such a situation occurs, that interest must be fully disclosed to the individuals, counties, and other stakeholders.

MIBHR will provide leadership and management at the local level for designing a regional system of care for mental health and disability services. The design of the system will be based on the expectation that individuals and families will have multi-occurring issues of all kinds, and will incorporate an organized quality improvement partnership process to achieve the vision defined at the beginning of this Plan.

Within this vision, MIBHR will work in partnership with providers and other stakeholders to develop services that are:

        Welcoming and accessible.

     Able to emphasize integrated screening, early identification and early intervention.

     High quality and, wherever possible, evidence based.

     Organized into a seamless continuum of community based support.

     Individualized to each individual with planning that expands the involvement of the individual.

     Provided in the least restrictive, appropriate setting.

     Designed to empower individuals and families as partners in their own care.

     Designed to leverage multiple financing strategies within the region including increased use of Medicaid funded services and the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.

     Supported by the provision of training and technical assistance to individuals and families, as well as to providers and other partners.

MIBHR shall maintain a service delivery approach that builds partnerships within a quality improvement framework to create a broad, integrated process for meeting multiple needs. This approach is based on the principles of interagency collaboration; individualized, strengths-based practices; cultural competence; community-based services; accountability; and full participation of individuals served at all levels of the system. MIBHR shall work to build the infrastructure needed to result in positive outcomes for individuals served. 

MIBHR will engage all of its stakeholders, including mental health, disability, and substance abuse providers, in a process to utilize a framework in which all programs and all persons providing care become welcoming, accessible, person/family centered, hopeful, strength-based, recovery-oriented, trauma informed, and multi-occurring capable.  MIBHR recommends that all providers participate in this initiative and encourages providers to develop multi-occurring capability for each program provided in the region, and for all staff. 

MIBHR shall partner with courts to ensure alternatives to commitment and to coordinate funding for services for individuals under commitment.  MIBHR shall collaborate with the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Corrections, Iowa Medicaid Enterprises, other regions, service providers, case management, individuals, families and advocates to ensure the authorized services and supports are responsive to individualsí needs consistent with system principles, and are cost effective.   

If you need specific information regarding policy and procedures and/or plan operation, feel free to peruse the plan, which is located on this website. Each local access office should also be able to assist with any questions and/or concerns.

We look forward to working with you!

Department Head Name:
Kristi Dierking kdierking@co.marion.ia.us

Address of MIBHR office:

2003 N. Lincoln St.
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Lunch hour varies, please call ahead to verify

Phone Number:
(641) 828-8149

FAX Number:
(641) 828-7251

MIBHR Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the MIBHR office

MIBHR Links:

Iowa Department of Public Health - Bureau of Environmental Health Services

Iowa Community Services Network

Other Related Links:

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Agencies

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Department of Human Services

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Cordova Observation Tower

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Shoreline of Red Rock Lake in Marion County, Iowa