PACE Juvenile Center

620 8th Street • Des Moines, IA • 50309

The Orchard Place PACE Juvenile Center on 8th st. Des Moines, Iowa

PACE Juvenile Center is the Orchard Place community-based operating division, providing skill-building services for a diverse population of children, teens, and families struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

PACE works to enhance the services of mental health professionals, educators and Juvenile Court/Department of Human Services in the Des Moines, Iowa area by collaborating with providers and families to alleviate behavioral issues and promote accountability. We teach children and families the skills to improve personal functioning and family relationships by working with our mental health professionals at the Child Guidance Center and in the community.

Thirty years ago, the juvenile court and Des Moines Public Schools joined with Orchard Place to serve at-risk youth and formed the PACE Juvenile Center. Today, we continue to work closely with Des Moines Public Schools by providing on-site classrooms for children and teens that struggle with mental health issues and behavior problems and are at risk of academic failure.

PACE also provides Academic Programs to at-risk youths each year. These skill-building services are delivered in community settings, including the home and school, to help children develop and practice skills.

Academic Programs:

PACE provides Counseling and Treatment Services as well as alcohol education classes for Iowa children and teens struggling with alcohol abuse or misuse of other drugs. Assessments, group and individual therapy, and interventions provide alternatives to help stop destructive behavior patterns.

Youth Counseling and Treatment Services:


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