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:
- Improve each child’s psychological, emotional and academic functioning,
- Return the child to the community, and
- Reunite the child with the parent whenever possible.
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Treatment components include:
- Psychiatric evaluations and services,
- Psychological assessments,
- Individual therapy,
- Family therapy,
- Group therapy,
- Education services,
- Tutoring and mentoring,
- Recreational therapy,
- 24-hour nursing care pediatric exams and consultation,
- Dietary consultation,
- Aftercare services, and
- Drug and alcohol assessments and services.
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.