In the early 1980’s, the directors of substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in Iowa came together to support each other and informally advocate for the statewide network of addiction programs that provided services to Iowans.
Their efforts became official in 1991 with the incorporation of the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Directors Association. Known as ISAPDA, the organization and its member agencies became well known in Iowa. They were able to propel addictions to the forefront and raise awareness of the need for quality treatment and prevention services. Through their collaborative relationship with the Iowa Department of Public Health, they were able to demonstrate with outcome data that treatment does work and prevention is effective.
Recognizing the need for quality training for the addictions field, ISAPDA developed a subsidiary called Training Resources. Since the early 1990’s, they have facilitated hundreds of workshops and multi-day training opportunities with the goal of supporting evidence-based practices in Iowa. Each spring, Training Resources facilitates the annual Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse that draws nearly 500 people to Des Moines.
As ISAPDA grew, its membership began to reflect a broader range of behavioral health prevention and treatment services as agencies expanded and merged. In 2007, ISAPDA changed its name to the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA) to better reflect its providers and their services. Today, IBHA has nearly 30 providers across Iowa and serve all 99 counties.
IBHA’s mission is: Better Behavioral Health through Education, Prevention, Treatment, and Advocacy.