About Orchard Place Campus

Our Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) program is located on a beautiful six-acre, tree-lined campus on the south side of Des Moines. Children reside in structured and supervised treatment units. Orchard Place is the largest PMIC in Iowa and licensed for 103 children. Our four residential buildings are Jacobson Building (housing Jacobson House and Shiffler House), Aliber House, Bright House and Kenyon House. Our campus includes a fully accredited school, family services center, medical clinic, gymnasium and greenhouse.

The PMIC program provides intensive treatment for children with a serious emotional disturbance that makes them unable to function in their homes, schools and communities. Our goals are to:

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Treatment components include:

Our treatment units are co-ed and house 10–15 children per unit. Direct care is provided by Milieu Treatment Counselors (MTCs) who hold Bachelor’s Degrees in human services.Two shifts of MTCs provide supervision at a 1:5 staff ratio during waking hours. A shift of night supervisors monitor the children during sleeping hours. Our therapists are Master’s-level or above and our recreational therapist is licensed in her field.

Our teachers are employed by Des Moines Public Schools and our school is located on campus. Shari Thompson is the Principal of the Orchard Place Campus School and can be contacted at 515-287-9703 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).