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Optimae Behavioral Health named Community Mental Health Center for Jefferson County
Mar. 16, 2023 4:53 pm
Optimae Behavioral Health Services, a division of Optimae LifeServices, is pleased to announce that Optimae has been approved as a designated community mental health center (CMHC) for Jefferson County by the Iowa MHDS Commission.
“We are very pleased with Optimae being named as the Community Mental Health Center,” said Sandy Stever, coordinator of disability services for Jefferson County. “They have always worked hard for the people of Jefferson County.”
Per State of Iowa statute, community mental health centers, as part of the mental health and disability services system, provide an organized set of services to meet the mental health needs of individuals in a given area.
Individuals served by a CMHC include: a) those of any age experiencing a mental health crisis; b) those of any age who have a mental health disorder; c) adults who have a serious mental illness or chronic mental illness; d) children and youth experiencing a serious emotional disturbance; e) individuals from any of the previous categories who have a co-occurring disorder (including, but not limited to, substance abuse, intellectual disability, a developmental disability, brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, or another disability or special health care need.
“It is an honor for Optimae to be designated as the CMHC for Jefferson County,” said Tracy Liptak, regional director of Optimae Behavioral Health Services in southeastern Iowa. “We have provided services here for thirty-five years and look forward to continuing to follow our mission to provide comprehensive, customer-driven services encouraging choice, empowerment and community integration.”
The CMHC designation adds to Optimae’s current services in southeastern Iowa, which include psychiatric evaluation and medication management, therapy and skill-based supports. Optimae offers crisis evaluations 24/7 at local hospitals and urgent care in office. The HHS-funded Recovery Center is open to all and has a daily schedule of support and educational groups. For more information, call 641-472-5771.