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COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS LISTING

Orchard Place is a not-for-profit organization serving children and their families. Our mission is to develop strong futures for children and youth with mental health and behavioral challenges. By interceding early with appropriate care, we develop stronger futures for our young clients. To accomplish this goal, we operate three operating divisions:

  • The Orchard Place Campus division provides 24-hour inpatient care for children with a serious emotional disturbance needing intensive treatment. The Campus provides an individualized treatment program including individual and family psychotherapy, social skills building, and life skills training.


  • The PACE Center division provides community based services to meet the needs of at-risk youth who have been unable to be successful in school or the community. PACE serves these youth and their families by providing service that develop social, academic, and functional life skills, allowing for positive growth of youth and their families. Additionally, the PACE Center promotes whole child wellness for children facing behavioral and emotional challenges through the Integrated Health Program (IHP). IHP serves families and youth by listening to needs and providing resources based on these needs to create a team of support for children and their families.


  • The Child Guidance Center division promotes community mental health through multiple professional mental health services for children, youth and their families and to those persons and organizations influential in the emotional development and well-being of children. Child Guidance is an accredited children’s Community Mental Health Center providing outpatient services by a multi-disciplined staff in the fields of child psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, nursing, and child development.


The Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services is a community-based correctional agency which provides a variety of services to approximately 8,000 offenders in South-Central Iowa. We provide supervision and treatment to offenders prior to conviction, post conviction, and for offenders in residential settings. We utilize evidence based practices to achieve our Vision of "A Fifth Judicial District with No More Victims".

Amerigroup is a Managed Care Organization (MCO) providing health care coverage and coordination to Iowa Health Link members.

ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center is a parent training, information, and advocacy center for families of children with special needs across the state of Iowa. ASK's services are available to help families navigate and access the disability-related supports available to meet the needs of the individual. ASK is a family-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Blank Children's Hospital is committed to improving the lives of children and families. We embrace a family-centered care philosophy where families are recognized as the most important part of a child's healing process and are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's care. Our care philosophy has shown that children are less anxious, require less medication and recover faster. Our commitment extends beyond the walls of our hospital. We believe in supporting our community through program, services and collaborations which directly and indirectly help all children and families.

The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project is an outreach educational program provided to local schools through Blank's Center for Advocacy and Outreach.

STAR Center is a child advocacy center that works as a Team with experts in child health, development, and welfare to provide services to increase resiliency and promote well being.

Our professional mental health therapist work with clients of all backgrounds to improve mental health and functioning. Areas of focus include depression, anxiety, stress, marriage, relationships, parenting, child behavior, trauma, abuse, and more. To schedule an appointment, call 515-237-5045 or visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesdm.org/our-services/counseling

Central Iowa ACEs 360 is a coalition of local and statewide partners focused on systemic change. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of all by empowering communities, organizations and people to take informed actions to prevent and mitigate the lifelong effects of childhood adversity.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a program to support quality child care throughout the State of Iowa. CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, non-registered home providers, and the Child Development Home providers. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is the regulatory agency for early childhood care and education. CCR&R supports providers in complying with state regulations. Training in a variety of topics is offered to child care providers to not only meet licensing/registration requirements but to also improve the quality of care. CCR&R's collaborate with other community partners regarding child care issues in Iowa.

Children and Families of Iowa (CFI) provides trauma-informed mental health services for ages zero through the lifespan. We are able to serve children, adolescents, adults and couples in all of our trauma-informed settings. Our agency has three locations in the Des Moines metro area, and two rural settings in Fort Dodge and Osceola.

The Coalition for Family & Children's Services in Iowa was founded in 1979 to provide an organized vehicle for member agencies to improve services and impact policy through combined resources and a unified voice. The Coalition's members provide a safety net to children and youth who have been, or are now, in danger of being abused, neglected, or delinquent; and children and youth with mental health or substance abuse needs. Member agencies serve children and families in all 99 Iowa counties.

We provide supports, services and coordination of care to members with mental health, intellectual disabilities, and brain injury across central Iowa. CSA has an Integrated health Program, Integrated Services Program, Service Coordination and fee for service case management.

Largest urban school district in state of Iowa serving the Des Moines Metro area. At the Des Moines Public Schools we are committed to ensuring an equitable experience for all.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering nine graduate degrees. Des Moines University offers degree programs in medicine and the health sciences. The singular mission of the University is to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community. The Department of Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities

Private therapy practice specializing in child and adolescent therapy.

Individual citizen.

EMDR & Beyond is a training and healing center for addressing trauma. The center provides education, training, and consultation to clinicians and agencies. The center also provides therapy for healing adverse life experiences.

The Generation Wellness Coalition (GWC) is a network of providers and community members advocating for optimal social, emotional, mental and physical health.

The Grand View University Bachelor of Social Work program equips students to develop the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession and learn to serve as an agency of change with individuals, families, groups and organizations. Grand View social work students engage in active learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom that prepare them to develop, carry out, and evaluate interventions that empower clients to meet their goals.

Individual citizen

Horizons is a well-established non-profit agency that provides a variety of social services to individuals & families who are under-served. Programs include: Community Health & Nutrition (includes Meals on Wheels, Financial Wellness, Community-Based Program (includes survivors program and family support), Transportation, Mental Health, and Wellness Services.

ICCAC provides support services to the six Child Advocacy Centers in Iowa. ICCAC is dedicated to the multidisciplinary, child advocacy approach and a coordinated, comprehensive, trauma-informed response to child abuse. ICCAC also serves as the liaison between the National Children's Alliance and Iowa's Children's Advocacy Centers.

Specialized court system within the 5th Judicial Court District. Juvenile Court Services work with youth who have been referred by Law enforcement due to alleged delinquent acts. These services focus on accountability, rehabilitation, and safety for community youth.

LifeWorks was founded in 2000 and provides outpatient therapy to children and families in Polk and surrounding counties as well as school-based therapy in the Ankeny school district. LifeWorks is also proud to offer Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) and an Integrated Health Program (IHP) to the families we serve. LifeWorks is dedicated to providing excellence in the provision of mental health services and working collaboratively with the communities of Central Iowa in order to promote wellness and improve whole health.

McCombs Club staff inspires & enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, & responsible citizens.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is a private, grantmaking foundation focused on system changes that effect social determinants of children's health.

Mosaic haven, LLC. is a private direct service organization that specializes in providing evidence based proactive tools, strategies and supports to individuals of all ages, empowering them to achieve independent living, pursue further education and sustainable employability. Mosaic Haven staff are certified IEP Coaches and certified Family Peer Support Specialist, amongst other credentials.

Embracing God's call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life. Mosaic in Central Iowa provides 24 hour ICF/ID, HCBS, and Mosaic at Home Services in 6 counties in Central Iowa.

A charitable non profit organization of volunteers specializing in education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illness, their families, and the community.

PCCAS provides comprehensive victim centered services designed to meet the unique needs of each individual survivor. All services are delivered through a trauma-informed lens and designed to build on strengths and resiliency, educate and empower victims to make the decisions that will best meet their individual needs. All services are confidential, voluntary, free of charge and provided within the context of the community regardless of age, gender or income level. Survivors can access services directly or can be referred by other community providers by calling our crisis line or contacting us through the agency website.

The Polk County Board of Supervisors created Polk County Health Services (PCHS) in 1976 to develop and oversee a local network of services and support for people with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Today, PCHS remains a private, nonprofit organization, governed by a community board that is committed to offering effective and responsive local services. As defined in Iowa Code, PCHS serves as the Regional Mental Health and Disability Services Administrator. By working together with a network of local organizations, Polk County annually services approximately 9,000 Central Iowans.

Project Iowa works to assist individuals in finding their purpose

Serving individuals with special needs and their families. We recently added therapy services to more holistically reach our community.

Occupational therapist.

Youth Justice Initiative (YJI) is a community based restorative justice diversion from court program. We have served youth and families in West Des Moines since 2000. Our re-offending rate ranges from 0% - 24%; rarely is it over 10%. YJI's individualized services positively impact academic performance, family relationships and emotional well-being.

Woodward Community Based Services, a division of Sequel Youth and Family Services, was established on July 1, 2006. On average, at any given time, approximately 400 youth and families are receiving our services. All programs are predicated on the firm conviction that every youth and family we serve has the potential for greatness; that undreamed success at home, at school, and at work are eventually achievable.

The Young Women's Resource Center (YWRC) supports, educates, and advocates for young women ages 10-21. We offer small groups and individual support focused on self-esteem, healthy relationships, and reproductive health. Teen moms receive additional support focused on parenting skills and education.

YESS changes lives by protecting children and empowering families. YESS provides a safety net of programs designed to help kids when they need it most, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, mental health counseling and therapy and care coordination. As Iowa's largest provider of emergency services for youth, the agency connects more than 2,000children per year with healing and hope.YESS is home to Iowa's largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for kids, which provides a safe haven and wraparound support to more than 800 children each year (newborn through age 17). In addition, the agency cares for hundreds of children in the community to keep them safe and healthy in their own homes. YESS is a nationally-accredited nonprofit organization that uniquely serves the community's most vulnerable children and creates an environment where families can thrive.

Zero To Three is a national non-profit agency focused on the development and well-being of all children under the age of three. Safe Babies Court is a local project aimed at combining judicial leadership and systemic interventions to best meet the needs of the children and families entering child welfare because of safety concerns. Safe Babies Courts provide community coordination, training, consultation, and resources to families and the community in which they live. The Safe Babies Court utilizes resources within the community to meet the social-emotional, developmental, environmental, and cultural needs of families served within the child welfare system.