COVID Recovery Iowa

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped us all. Our daily routines have changed as well as our interactions with others. We all experience feelings of worry, isolation, loneliness and hopelessness. COVID Recovery Iowa is here to offer a listening ear and support.

COVID Recovery Iowa, a new program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services, offers free counseling, virtual activities, and help finding resources. This program can help Iowans learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Iowa Health Care’s Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) works with COVID Recovery Iowa and provides FREE, confidential virtual counseling specifically to Iowans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Counselors at the CDD have training and expertise in supporting individuals with disabilities, their families and providers by offering these services:

  • Counseling through a one-time session or ongoing basis
  • Online group activities and events to increase social interactions
  • Education about COVID-19
  • Access to community resources

Virtual activities calendar

Care Team

As one of the five providers under COVID Recovery Iowa, the UI Health Care program will be operated through Iowa Compass, the disability-specific information and referral service, which is part of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), the state’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

Center for Disabilities and Development COVID Recovery Iowa Counselors

  • Mike Lightbody, MPH, Team Lead
  • Julia Ganda, MSW, Crisis Counselor
  • Libby Conley, MDiv, Crisis Counselor