Resources for Mental Health Services

Tap into these local sources to find mental health organizations that serve Greater Des Moines. This list is not meant to be comprehensive or to provide an endorsement, but to serve as a starting point for more information about nonprofit organizations, health centers and public agencies involved in mental health work. 

General Services and Health Centers A resource guide to mental health services, provided by United Way of Central Iowa.

Broadlawns Medical Center: Offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient evaluation and treatment. Broadlawns Psychiatric Urgent Care (1801 Hickman Road) accepts walk-in appointments for adults experiencing exacerbated mental health conditions.

Clive Behavioral Health Hospital: A partnership of MercyOne and Universal Health Services, the free-standing behavioral health hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient mental health services for adults and children.

Des Moines University Behavioral Health Clinic: Serves adults through psychotherapy and psychological testing and assessment as well as medication management. Treats a variety of behavioral and mental health conditions.

Employee and Family Resources: A full-service employee assistance program provider offering a range of counseling and mental health services.

Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Service: Provides a continuum of mental health services and treatment, including family and individual counseling as well as outpatient care.

LSI: Offers mental health therapy through in-person or virtual sessions.

Make It OK—Iowa: A community campaign focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness through open conversation and education.

Mental Health Task Force of Polk County: Works collaboratively with community stakeholders to increase mental health literacy, improve access to services, and reduce suicides.

MercyOne Behavioral Health Care: Provides a full range of services (1111 Sixth Avenue) to adults and adolescents for most kinds of mental health issues, including anxiety, anger control and depression.

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center (formerly Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center): Specializes in counseling and psychotherapy services that are holistic in approach, integrating the mind, body and spirit for healing. 

Mindspring Mental Health Alliance: Focuses on mental health education, support and advocacy.

NAMI Iowa: Advocates at the county, state and national levels for nondiscriminatory access to health care, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.

Optimae Behavioral Health Services: Provides individual, couples and family therapy, as well as mental health evaluations and medication management.

Polk County Health Services Inc.: Offers counseling, support, therapy, medication management, resources and referrals.

Primary Health Care: Treats mental health conditions regardless of a patient’s immigration status or ability to pay.

Schuster Behavioral Health Center: Part of MercyOne House of Mercy that offers outpatient therapy, intervention services and medication management.

UnityPoint Health: Provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient mental health services and programs. A walk-in clinic (1250 E. Ninth St.) offers psychiatric evaluation and assessment, plus community resources. Iowa Lutheran Hospital-UnityPoint is a hospital-based facility providing psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for all ages, including children and adolescents.

UCS Healthcare: Offers mental health services for anyone in need, including medication management and dual diagnosis treatment for those with drug/alcohol addiction.

Your Life Iowa: Provides free, confidential support and connection to resources for those struggling with drugs or alcohol, gambling or mental health issues. Funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health under the Division of Behavioral Health.

Children and Families

Children and Families of Iowa: Offers a range of mental health services, including helping families develop goals and positive living environments.

ChildServe: Focuses on comprehensive assessments and diagnoses, therapy and education opportunities for children and families.

Iowa Safe Schools: Works to ensure the personal safety, mental health and learning of LGBTQ students through public awareness, education and policy.

LSI Behavioral Health Intervention Services: Works with families with children who have behavioral or emotional disorders to develop anger management, problem-solving and other skills.

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center C.O.O.L.: Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life is the center’s program for counseling children and adolescents in a safe and nurturing space.

Mosaic Family Counseling Center: Offers trauma therapy and behavioral health interventions, among other services.

Orchard Place: Specializes in mental health services for children, including residential, outpatient, in-home, community-based and care coordination programs.

Please Pass the Love: Strives to increase school mental health supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families and educators.

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter of Iowa: Provides evaluations, counseling and behavioral health services to individuals and families, including outreach counseling to homeless youths.

YSS: Provides children and families experiencing behavioral and mental health issues with counseling and therapy services, evaluation, assessment and diagnosis.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Response

Broadlawns Mobile Crisis: Provides short-term crisis management for children and adults experiencing a mental health emergency. Assists law enforcement with mental health-related calls.

Clerk of the District Court—Mental Health Division: Assists with securing involuntary hospitalization of the mentally ill or those with substance abuse issues.

Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team: Part of the Iowa Department of Human Services, the team mobilizes to provide post-disaster mental health services statewide.

Iowa Crisis Chat: Online and phone resource for suicide prevention and mental health support. 855-325-4296;

National Crisis Text Line: Text “TALK” TO 741741

National Suicide Hotline: 988

Polk County Health Services—Children’s Crisis Services Mental Health System: Provides information and resources on children’s crisis services in the mental health system.

Your Life Iowa Crisis Hotline: 855-581-8111 

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