Community Updates

April 7, 2022

Information & Updates

Please continue to check back frequently for the latest information and communications.

Polk County Health Services connects central Iowans with access to comprehensive mental health and disability services, advocacy, and education, empowering individuals and families for improved wellbeing and quality of life. This work includes facilitating connections between providers to deliver a more holistic approach to care and bringing best practices, emerging research, and compelling data to partner agencies to create more successful systems and better outcomes. A private 501(c)(3) organization, Polk County Health Services is governed by an independent community board.

The wide variety of programs, services, and support delivered by Polk County Health Services includes a third-party services contract with Polk County to administer mental health and disability services on behalf of the Polk Mental Health Disability Services(MHDS)Region. This contract will terminate effective June 30, 2022, with the Polk County Board of Supervisors assuming direct control and oversight of the provision of mental health and disability services in the Polk County MHDS Region.

NEXT STEPS

Polk County Health Services is working diligently to transition the Polk MHDS infrastructure to the County and will continue to provide leadership and advocacy for mental health and disability services that strengthen our communities.

Polk County Health Services owns 75 residential community-based homes, providing access to affordable housing for those living with a mental illness or disability. Changes to the contract for the Polk MHDS Region will not affect these properties, or the people living in them.

Polk County Health Services remains committed to ensuring individuals and families in central Iowa have access to effective and responsive mental health and disability services.

With questions, please contact us at515-243-4545 (8a.m. –5p.m., M-F) or l.cox@pchsia.org

Media Alerts

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Make It OK: community campaign to reduce stigma by starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental illness. 

The Polk County Data Driven Justice Familiar Faces Program was featured in the February 2021 edition of The Iowa County Magazine! Check it out here.