Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center
You are not alone. One in every five people struggles with mental illness. The Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center (BHGMHC) provides comprehensive and accessible mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families.
Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center is a private, nonprofit, community mental health center accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Our experienced staff design treatments to meet your specific needs. The Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center serves those with short-term and long-term needs, including those with depression.
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Mental Health Services
Outpatient services involves the provision of counseling or therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and/or families who need assistance in dealing with various problems in life that affect their mental health. These services are provided in the office by staff members who are licensed mental health professionals or students from accredited colleges or universities who are supervised by one of our licensed staff members. A brief therapy approach is used by all outpatient staff.
Through a grant from the Cedar Valley United Way, Mental Health Center staff visit both local hospitals' mental health units regularly to meet newly referred and existing clients to facilitate the transition of care to outpatient mental health services.
The Mental Health Center utilizes an Open Access Scheduling system for new patients establishing care. Open access for new patients occurs three days each week to eliminate the waiting time to be seen. New clients are then connected to a mental health therapist for an initial evaluation and treatment recommendations. We do suggest those requesting to be seen call our Intake Department at (319) 234-2893 to further discuss Open Access.
Evaluation Services are designed to evaluate individuals referred by other agencies or organizations in our community. This could be the court system, Department of Human Services, the Department of Correctional Services or other entities who request mental health evaluations and treatment recommendations as part of their involvement with individuals.
Emergency Services are available 24 hours per day through the Center's telephone number for individuals who find themselves in a mental health crisis. A licensed mental health professional and physician are on call after office hours to assist in the resolution of these crises.
Consultation Services are provided to individuals, groups, agencies and organizations regarding mental health related issues.
Education Services are provided to individuals, groups, agencies, organizations and the general community on a variety of mental health related topics.
Medication Evaluation and Management Services
Medication Evaluation and Management Services are provided to those in need of medication to treat various mental health conditions. Our medical staff consists of psychiatrists and advanced registered nurse practitioners who are licensed to prescribe and monitor medications. This service is also provided via telehealth equipment with providers who practice outside of Iowa but who have an Iowa license to practice.
Outreach Services are provided to those with a serious and persistent mental illness to prevent or reduce the frequency and duration of inpatient hospitalizations and/or placement in more restrictive levels of care, e.g. group homes or residential placements. Services include medication monitoring, daily living skills training, crisis intervention and other related services. These services are provided in the home or in the community.
The Center offers a STEPPS group for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or who may experience challenges with emotional intensity. This group is available to those who receive services from the Mental Health Center, and referrals are made by their current care team, in collaboration with the client.
School Based Mental Health Services
School Based Mental Health Services are provided to eligible students in the school setting. Evaluations, short term mental health treatment, information and referral services and group therapy services are available.
Hawkeye Community College Mental Health Program
The Mental Health Center has a full time mental health professional located at Hawkeye Community College to provide a wide range of mental health services to actively enrolled students.
Injection Clinic services are provided to clients who receive injectable medications to treat mental health conditions. This program has improved medication compliance, contributed to stability in the community and has prevented re-admissions for many clients who require this type of service.
Mental Health Services to the Elderly
Mental Health Services to the Elderly are designed to provide in home mental health services to those over the age of 60 who have mental health problems that could result in premature placements in nursing homes or hospitals due to untreated mental health conditions.
Patient Assistance Program
Patient Assistance Program is designed to assist those without health insurance by accessing mental health medications from pharmaceutical companies.
Nursing Services are provided to individuals who require assistance in dealing with medication related issues in between visits with their psychiatrist or nurse practitioners. Our nursing staff triage issues for our medical providers, coordinate care with other medical providers, facilitate lab work and other related activities designed to ensure that issues are identified and resolved as efficiently as possible.
Peer Support Services
Peer Support Services are provided to individuals with mental health problems by peers who have been through specialized training. These services are provided through our Mental Health Recovery Center, located in the Black's Building in downtown Waterloo. Services include one on one visits in the community, support groups, creative writing classes, movies, monthly meals and other related activities designed to help individuals with mental health problems increase/improve their social skills, symptom management skills and overall recovery.
Professional Training Program
Professional Training Program provides educational experiences to those enrolled in higher educational programs. These experiences can range from a brief encounter to structured internships.
Integrated Health Home and Pediatric Integrated Health Home
Integrated Health Home for adults with a serious mental illness and youth with a serious emotional disturbance focus on coordinated, whole person healthcare to improve clients' health & well-being, and ensure that all their needs are met. Each IHH team consists of a Nurse, Care Coordinator, and Peer Support Specialist (Pediatric IHH offers a Family Peer Specialist). IHH/PIHH services do not replace existing health providers, but are an additional support resource for clients.