Dubuque has many local providers of mental health and disability services, advocacy, and support groups. Providers can be located through the ECR website or through the DHS website. Here, we provide additional information that you may be interested in, with a focus on advocacy organizations. Note: Dubuque County does not endorse any organization, we are simply providing a link to their website.
Dubuque Community Schools – Special Education
The Dubuque Community School District provides a comprehensive continuum of special education supports and services for eligible students, ensuring that all receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. The district is committed to develop world-class learners.
Hillcrest Family Services/Crisis Services
Hillcrest Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of brain health services to educate, coordinate services, and deliver treatment to individuals with brain health needs.
- Hillcrest Crisis Recovery Team: (563) 690-0019
- Hillcrest Mobile Crisis: 1-855-800-1239 - Available 24/7
Best Buddies International
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
Iowa Warm Line
The warm line is a peer run, telephone based, non-crisis, confidential, listening line for anyone struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Warm Line is staffed by people who have been through a similar journey and are in recovery themselves.
Serving: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, and Linn Counties
- Call Toll Free: 1-844-775-9276
- Available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- Call Toll Free: 1-800-273-8255
Mental Health America of Dubuque County
Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental health struggles and promoting the overall brain health of all. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
Iowa Development Disabilities Council (DD Council)
The DD Council’s mission is to create change with and for persons with developmental disabilities so they can lie, work, learn, and play in the community of their choosing, through engaging in advocacy, capacity building and systems change activities.
Your Life Iowa
Three ways to get help:
- Talk 24 hours/day: 1-855-581-8111
- Online: YourLifeIowa.org
- Text: 855-895-8398
Resources Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center - Your Life Iowa. Supports education, prevention and treatment efforts throughout Iowa by supplying accurate information and referral services over the phone, online and in person in the areas of substance abuse, problem gambling and tobacco.
ARK Advocates is a group of concerned adults and parents advocating with and for the needs of persons with disabilities. Our goals are to educate persons with disabilities and their families of their rights. Advocate for persons with disabilities on legal, governmental, educational, housing, health and employment issues. Provides referral services, disability awareness, financial assistance, and other resources.
The Arc of the United States is an organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization was founded in the 1950s by parents of people with developmental disabilities. The Arc has local and state chapters across the United States, and its website has many valuable resources for families and individuals with disabilities.
The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.
Autism Speaks Inc. is a global autism advocacy organization in the United States. It sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.
The National Down Syndrome Society is an American organization that offers support to people with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, and coworkers, and educates the general public about Down syndrome.
Addiction to drugs and or alcohol is one of the hardest issues millions of Americans will face in their lifetime. Luckily, there are many treatment options available that will help get you or your family member in a position to transition from a life of addiction to sobriety.
Rehabspot is an online resource for anyone looking for information on addiction issues, interventions, and treatment.