Heartland Family Service opens office in Harlan to better serve rural areas | Health and fitness

Heartland Family Service has opened an office in Harlan to better serve southwestern Iowa with its vibrant community treatment program.

The office is located in a rented facility at 719 Market St. in Harlan.

Team members – which include prescribers, therapists, nurses and other specialists – began seeing clients on site in May, according to program director Mindy Blair. They also travel to clients’ homes to provide services.

“We had been developing this since before the pandemic, but it slowed everything down,” she said.

The Southwest Iowa MHDS Region funds the start-up costs of rural assertive community treatment until there are enough clients served through its regular fee-for-service program ( mostly funded by Medicaid) to make it self-sufficient, Blair said.

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The Assertive Community Treatment Program is an evidence-based approach to working with adults living with serious mental illnesses. The benefit of ACT is that interdisciplinary mental health clinicians are organized into an accountable mental health team, which operates in a coordinated manner to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services, said a press release from the Heartland Family Service. The goal is to help adults with serious mental illness live successfully in the community.

The Heartland Family Service ACT team at Council Bluffs was established 16 years ago, Blair said. HFS now serves the entire MHDS region of southwestern Iowa, from Monona County south to the Missouri border.

“We are considering Clarinda or Red Oak for another satellite office,” she said. “We know that resources for mental health services in rural communities are limited, so we want to help fill that gap.

The ACT program is sometimes referred to as a “hospital without walls” because its work is community-based, and HFS can make adjustments quickly to help clients stay out of the hospital and into the community, the statement said. hurry. The program is primarily funded by Iowa Medicaid, but additional funding is provided by the Southwest Iowa Region.

“Bringing the vibrant community treatment program to the most rural parts of Iowa was important to Heartland Family Service,” Blair said. “We want to offer our important services as widely as possible, and this new location will help us do that.”

Services are by appointment only at the Harlan office. To make an appointment, go https://bit.ly/HFSACTP or call the Heartland’s Council Bluffs office at 712-435-5350.

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