Behavioral Health Services at Iowa Lutheran Hospital
Iowa Lutheran Hospital is committed to providing high quality behavioral health services. We offer inpatient and outpatient services and treatment to meet the needs of our community as well as alcohol and substance abuse treatment services. Our behavioral health professionals will provide an assessment during an initial visit to determine which level of care is most appropriate for each individual. We ensure confidentiality is maintained at all levels of care.
Behavioral Health Services offers an extensive spectrum of care covering all age groups and types of programs.
We believe in improving the health of our communities through healing, caring and teaching. Our mission statement gives us the groundwork to practice principles that guide us in delivering quality services.
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Adult Inpatient Services
The adult mental health inpatient unit provides expert care to patients 18 years of age and older who are suffering from a wide variety of emotional disorders. Hospitalization for psychiatric disorders provides a safe, secure and protected environment. Inpatient care allows for crisis stabilization, evaluation, treatment and medication management, without the added stress of managing one's home, job, education or social obligations. The adult inpatient unit is a 36-bed, closed inpatient mental health unit.
We believe in a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. Our qualified staff members care for patients in a holistic, compassionate manner, directing practice toward the promotion, maintenance and restoration of behavioral wellness. The multidisciplinary team includes registered nurses and behavioral health partners with CNA training who are skilled in psychiatric nursing assessment and treatment, social workers, recreational therapists, occupational therapists and a chaplain. Every patient's treatment is under the supervision of a psychiatrist who directs the individualized treatment plan and coordinates discharge plans. Appropriate specialty consults are provided as needed.
The adult inpatient program is a combination of behavioral and cognitive approaches to treatment. Comprehensive assessment and diagnosis are the first steps to proper treatment. Many times medical conditions can mimic psychiatric illness, so detailed assessments are conducted. Assessments may involve interviewing the patient and their family as well as conducting physical exams, psychological testing and laboratory tests.Activities offered include:
- Individual and group therapy
- Stress and anger management
- Occupational assessment and skill development
- Leisure skills
- Medication education group led by a licensed pharmacist
- Spirituality group led by a chaplain
- Pet therapy
Older Adult Inpatient Services
The older adult inpatient mental health unit provides care to patients 55 years of age and older who are suffering from dementia, depression or a variety of other emotional disorders. The decision to come to the hospital is difficult for both the patient and their family. It is our hope to not only give quality care to the patient, but to be supportive and helpful to the families as well. The older adult inpatient unit is a 12-bed, closed inpatient mental health unit.
Using a multidisciplinary team approach, our qualified staff members care for patients in a holistic, compassionate manner, directing practice toward the promotion, maintenance and restoration of behavioral wellness. This team includes registered nurses and behavioral health partners with CNA training who are skilled in psychiatric nursing assessment and treatment, social workers, recreational therapists, occupational therapists and a chaplain. Every patient's treatment is under the supervision of a psychiatrist who directs the individualized treatment plan. Appropriate specialty consults are provided as needed.
Services and Treatment
Comprehensive assessment and diagnosis are the first steps to proper treatment. Many times medical conditions can mimic psychiatric illness, so detailed assessments are conducted. Assessments may involve interviewing the patient and their family as well as conducting physical exams, psychological testing and laboratory tests. In addition to receiving psychotherapy and medications, patients participate in the following programs:
- Reminiscence therapy
- Current event discussions
- Spirituality discussions
- Leisure and exercise programs
- Pet therapy
Adult Intensive Outpatient Services
In order to meet the needs of our patients, Iowa Lutheran Hospital provides a variety of adult behavioral health services through our intensive outpatient hospital programs. Patients receive services during part of the day based on individual needs and return home at night. The appropriate service and level of care are determined individually through initial and ongoing assessments.
Focus of Outpatient Programs
- Provide education to client about diagnosis, symptom management and medication.
- Provide group therapy and individual therapy treatment time.
- Help client identify and express their feelings.
- Help client build their self-awareness and improve self-esteem and stress management.
- Help client develop effective communication skills, coping skills and problem solving abilities.
- Assist client with returning to individual and family responsibilities.
- Provide education about available community resources.
- Offer transitional care following completion of outpatient programs.
The dedicated, compassionate and caring staff is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our patient programs. For more information, please call (515) 263-5676.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a safe and supportive setting where individuals will share experiences with peers and staff, and develop coping skills to effectively manage their mental health symptoms. We offer services to adults 18 and older. Our services are located on the 4th floor, West wing of Iowa Lutheran Hospital.
We are committed to providing professional, competent and confidential services. For privacy and confidentiality, the use of cell phones during group therapy is prohibited.
Overview of Services
- Evaluation and Assessment. The program begins with an individualized evaluation and assessment. Individuals can schedule an evaluation by calling (515) 263-5676.
- Treatment. Following your evaluation and assessment, our treatment team will determine the most appropriate level of care. This could be referring you to a psychiatric medical provider, an individual therapist, IOP, partial hospitalization program or support groups in the community. All treatment is provided by a skilled interdisciplinary team.
- Continuing Care. After completing the IOP, patients can join the Continuing Care support group that is led by one of our therapist. This service is billed to your insurance company. The support group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Individuals will be evaluated by a mental health therapist to determine if partial hospitalization is the appropriate level of care. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, care managers, occupational, recreational and mental health therapists.
- Patients meet Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for 1-2 weeks.
- Patients see a medical provider weekly for medication management.
Focus of Programs
- Provide group therapy and individual treatment time
- Assist client with identification and expression of feelings
- Assist with increasing self-awareness and improving self-esteem and stress management
- Assist with developing effective communication skills, coping skills, and problem solving abilities
- Assist client with returning to individual and family responsibilities
- Build awareness of available community resources
- Offer transitional care following completion of outpatient programs
- Provide education to client about diagnosis, symptom management and medication
STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving)
STEPPS is an outpatient group treatment program for individuals struggling with emotional intensity associated with Borderline Personality Disorder. This educational program teaches individuals a variety of emotion and behavior management skills.
- Group participants are encouraged to attend individual therapy along with STEPPS group.
- The STEPPS group meets for two hours, once a week, for a total of 20 weeks.
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