By working together with various partner agencies, Polk County annually serves approximately 9,000 central Iowans with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities.
The Polk County Board of Supervisors created Polk County Health Services (PCHS) in 1976 to develop and oversee a local network of services and support for people who have disabilities. Today, PCHS remains a private, nonprofit organization, governed by a community board that is committed to offering effective and responsive local services.
Polk County citizens have many quality social services available, but due to the fragmented way programs are funded, accessing services can be an extremely difficult task. The Network of Care is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health and disability services. It provides information about mental health and disability services and supports, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance, the Network of Care helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.
The vision of Polk County Health Services is to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for citizens of Polk County. Our mission is through collaboration and visionary leadership, PCHS provides comprehensive access to services, advocacy, and education that empowers individuals and families for better wellbeing and quality of life across their lifespan.