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Children's Behavioral Health Services

Children face many obstacles while trying to grow and find their identity. The challenge facing parents and children as they cope with these issues can often lead to conflict in everyday life.

Children's Behavioral Health Services at Iowa Lutheran Hospital offers a continuum of care for children and adolescents (ages 4 to 18) who experience problems at home, school or in the community.

Common problems children experience include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Behavioral problems
  • School problems
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Family conflict
  • Defiant behaviors
  • Poor impulse control

Continuum of Care

The appropriate level of care is determined individually through initial and ongoing assessments.

  • Inpatient - Crisis stabilization and intervention on a 16-bed secured unit, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Children's Outpatient Programming -(for ages 4-12) This programming is offered during the day for three to six hours, one to five days per week. Children in this program return home in the evening. Staff members work with the child's school to help with the transition.
  • Individualized Family Support - Staff provide individualized support and direction to assist parents with developing a behavioral management program to be utilized at home.
  • Children's Outpatient Services
  • See UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Counseling & Psychiatry ClinicBlank Children's Psychiatry Clinic or Blank Children's Psychological Services.