***To reduce community spread of COVID-19, we're asking all patients to please call ahead before visiting a clinic. Secure virtual visits with our psychiatric providers and therapy staff are also now available through phone and video.***
Care to Stay Healthy
UnityPoint Health - Berryhill Center offers a complete range of outpatient counseling, medication management, primary care and community-based services to people of all ages. A wide variety of services include those for: depression, stress, panic disorders, phobias, child behavior disorders, grief counseling, primary care and 24-hour behavioral health crisis services. Treatment is designed specifically for each individual's needs and goals.
Berryhill Center serves people with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and physical health problems, from short-term personal and family problems to the most disabling illness. In addition, Berryhill Center offers consultations and community education on an extensive range of subjects.
*No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. Click here to learn more about our Financial Assistance Policy.
History of UnityPoint Health - Berryhill Center
In 1968, the doors of the first mental health center opened for the counties of Webster, Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas in Fort Dodge. The outpatient center's opening coincided with Lutheran Hospital opening an inpatient psychiatric unit. Dr. L.K. Berryhill acted as the first medical director for the outpatient facility. His goal was to provide individuals with chronic mental illness the help they needed to live a fuller, healthy life and to hopefully keep them from hospitalization.
In 1990, the Berryhill Center for Mental Health was built just up the hill from the hospital bearing the name of the beloved doctor. The new outpatient center would offer services to an expanding eight county region from when mental health services were first offered in Fort Dodge.
Make the Connection
Launched in 2011, MakeTheConnection.net connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans' own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.