August 2021 Edition
Crisis Response News and More
Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the Southwest Iowa MHDS Regional Newsletter. In this edition you will learn about the Region's Promotional Committee. The Region will also share information about an upcoming drawing for those that help promote the Region. Finally, the Region will provide a service development update.
Southwest Iowa MHDS Region: Promotional Committee
The Region is excited to announce our new Promotional Committee made up of Region Service Coordination staff.

This committee was developed in July 2021 to help the Region promote the work we have been doing for the past 7 years and help local individuals/families know how to contact us for help. Please help us promote the Region by displaying the flyer below that the Promotional Committee developed.

If you take a picture of this flyer in or around your business and email the picture to Lonnie Maguire at, your name will be put into a drawing for a prize from the Region. One entry per person and we will draw one name on 9/30/2021 at 9 am. The lucky winner will be contacted after the drawing by email.

Thank you for your continued support of the Southwest Iowa MHDS Region as we continue to expand and grow services to better serve our clients and families.
Region Service Development Update
The region is excited to be working with our provider partners in developing several new services that will be available to residents of our region. Please find below the most recent update regarding service development. If you have questions regarding the content of this update, please feel free to send an email inquiry to the region at:  
Crisis Stabilization Community-Based Services
The region has contracted with Heartland Family Service (HFS) to provide Crisis Stabilization Community-Based Services (CSCBS) in our region. CSCBS is a short term community focused crisis service for individuals who are in a mental health crisis, however do not require inpatient mental health treatment. It is similar to the residential based crisis stabilization service, however occurs where the individual is located in their community. Individuals receive CSCBS services including, but not limited to psychiatric services, medication, counseling, referrals, peer support, and linkage to ongoing services. Duration is expected to be less than five days. HFS has hired a team leader for the program and is working on hiring for other needed positions. They are approved through Medicaid to provide the service. Once staff are hired, they will be trained and then can begin providing the service.
Crisis Stabilization Residential Services (Children)
The region has contracted with Children’s Square, USA to provide a Crisis Stabilization Residential Service (CSRS) for children in our region. CSRS is a short term residential program for individuals in a mental health crisis who are not needing inpatient level of care. Typical stay for the program is 3-5 days and the goal is to stabilize the individual and reintegrate back into the community. Children’s Square is working on necessary repairs to their physical space in order to provide the program, and is also working on hiring staff.  
Rural Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
The region has contracted with Heartland Family Service (HFS) to develop a rural based ACT program. Our goal is that ACT will be available to individuals in all nine counties of the region. HFS has several years of experience already in providing ACT through their Pottawattamie County based program. ACT is a program of comprehensive, integrated outpatient services provided in the community by a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a psychiatrist. Individuals in the program have a severe and persistent mental illness or complex mental health symptomology. HFS has posted the team leader position for their rural ACT program and is also working to hire additional staff.  
Intensive Residential Services (IRS)
The region is in collaboration with Rolling Hills Community Services Region and the Managed Care Organizations in developing Intensive Residential Services (IRS). At this time, planning centers on a location in the Sioux City area for this service. The purpose of IRS is to provide a continuum of services and supports to adults with complex mental health and multi-occurring needs, who need a high level of intensive and specialized support. Services are community based and are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Please stay tuned for further updates on service development!
The SWIA MHDS Region's Crisis Stabilization Services

Mental Health Crisis Response Team

Provides multiple crisis service

Precommital screening for residents of the SWIA Region

Assessments for court ordered committals

Telehealth Crisis Response available to SWIA Region residents. Services include assessment, stabilization and referrals to community services. This service can only be initiated by Law Enforcement

These services are expanding into all counties in the Region

For further information, Law Enforcement can contact Jenny Stewart (Director) at 712-325-5619

"To avoid the need for an Emergency Protective Custody hold or inpatient psychiatric hospitalization"

Service provided by Heartland Family Service

Harbor Point Crisis Stabilization Residential Service (CSRS)

Call (712) 850-1389 to make a referral

Referrals accepted 24 hours a day

A screening set up within 24 hours

Accepts referrals from friends, family, emergency departments and outpatient providers

Accepts referrals from Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties

"Provides a safe, caring, and home-like environment to those with a mental illness in crisis while modeling skills needed to successfully navigate in the community"

Service provided by Zion Integrated Behavioral Health Services

Call (844) 673-4469 for help and support

Crisis line available 24/7, toll free and confidential

Connects individuals in crisis to a helping hand and the resources to address and improve mental wellness

Anyone can call, including service providers on behalf of clients and patients

For residents of Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties

"Improving mental wellness, hope and outcomes for residents of Southwest Iowa in times of crisis"

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