Heart of Iowa

There are times when a family may require foster care placement for their children while attending Residential Treatment. Heart of Iowa was developed to address the counseling needs of the patient while the patient is able to remain with their children and care for them. Heart of Iowa offers various levels of care specifically developed for pregnant women and women with children.

The program is designed to help women overcome substance abuse issues through a variety of programs and services, while also working to assist the children in addressing their own particular needs. Children range in age from newborn to age 18 as long as they are still in high school. Some children are also welcome to visit their mothers on the weekends in order to spend quality time together.

Services We Provide

  • Residential Treatment
  • Recovery Services
  • Family living in furnished 2 and 3 bedroom on-site apartments
  • Case management services
  • Coordinated mental health counseling
  • Life skills training
  • Initial medical exams for clients and their children
  • On-site licensed child care
  • Children’s programming for school age youth
  • Family outreach and education

Special Support Services for Children:

Heart of Iowa has on-site child care for newborns, toddlers and pre-schoolers while their moms attend treatment. The older children also receive after-school and summer programming. Early childhood educational assessment and mental health services are also held on campus.


Literacy programming, tutoring and assistance with GED completion are provided to clients wishing to continue their education.

Mental Health Services:

Patients receive mental health screenings, assessments and counseling as needed. Family, domestic violence, and sexual abuse counseling are also available.

Independent Living Skills:

Heart of Iowa residential and halfway house patients receive education group session on topics such as budgeting, meal planning, nutrition, parenting, and leisure time activities.

Vocational Assistance:

Referrals are made to community agencies for career planning and job seeking.

Medical Care:

Initial medical screenings are given to the patients and their children upon entering Heart of Iowa’s residential and halfway house programs. St. Luke’s Family Health provides monthly on-site clinics for OB checks, gynecological exams, and care. Local clinics and hospitals provide any additional medical needs as required.


HOI-Recovery-MonthThe Heart of Iowa campus includes 36 apartments. Families live in supervised two and three bedroom fully furnished apartments. Pregnant women may share an apartment. There are free laundry facilities located next to the three 12-unit apartment buildings.


During their initial stage of their stay, patients are transported to their outside appointments. As they progress through treatment, patients begin to use the city’s mass transportation system. A bus stop is located just outside the Heart of Iowa facility. School buses transport children to and from schools within the College Community School District.

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to Heart of Iowa’s primary residential program, besides either being pregnant or having children who accompany their mom to treatment, the patient must have an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment and insurance pre-authorization. A candidate must have a chronic substance abuse problem that has significantly affected other areas of her life and a structured living environment is needed. Potential patients must also exhibit a willingness to participate in the treatment planning process and work toward established goals to change their life.

What to Bring

  • Personal items and clothing appropriate for the weather for self and children
  • An alarm clock
  • Personal hygiene items
  • A radio or portable stereo/CD player or books
  • A reasonable amount of toys for your children
  • A four-week supply of medications for any family member who needs medications
  • Car seats for each child
  • Children’s immunization records
  • A photo ID (driver’s license or state identification)
  • Social Security numbers for self and children.
  • A $100 deposit for apartment to be paid at the time of admission
  • Optional – Personal linens (twin) and towels (items are provided)

Family Involvement

Families are encouraged to participate in Family Education Day and family outreach sessions to learn more about substance use disorder and how they can support their loved ones who are working on finding their way towards recovery.

For More Information

For more information about the Heart of Iowa program, or to refer a client to this program, contact our office at 319-862-1050.

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Facebook Reviews

My entire outlook on life has changed. Thank god the heart of Iowa was there to help guide me and supply me with an extensive amount of tools to make a better life possible! !

Posted by Ali Miller on Friday, January 17, 2014

I was at the heart of iowa from march 11 to sept 27. I went through residential and halfway. I really learned a lot there and I am still clean today at 10 months and 7 days. Thank you so much!

Posted by Michelle Campbell on Friday, January 17, 2014

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