Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children, is proud to announce it has
adopted the Sanctuary Model, a blueprint for clinical and organizational change. This model promotes safety and recovery from
adversity by teaching a trauma-informed care approach to organizational change
and treatment. This training recognizes
that just as humans are susceptible to adversity, organizations themselves are
equally as vulnerable.
for the first year of the project came from the Community Foundation of Greater
Des Moines, Mid Iowa Health Foundation, Principal Financial Group and the United Way of Central Iowa.
“Orchard Place continues to improve the lives of
thousands of children with mental health issues in Iowa,” said Suzanne Mineck,
President of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. “The Sanctuary Model will have a
direct effect on the quality of care kids receive and we are proud to support
this important initiative.”
Sanctuary Model originated in the Philadelphia area in the early 1980’s,
created by Dr. Sandra Bloom and her colleagues.
Dr. Bloom was a featured speaker at the 2014 Trauma Informed Care
Conference that was sponsored by Orchard Place.
Over time, the model has been adapted for a wide range of human service
goal is to use this set of tools to provide improved outcomes for clients,
boost staff retention and create a safer, healthier organization,” said Orchard
Place Chief Executive Officer Anne Starr.
“We are extremely fortunate to have received funding to launch this
major initiative from organizations that recognize the importance and positive
outcomes the Sanctuary Model provides.”
Orchard Place has established a core team of 34
individuals from across the organization to lead this important project. The Sanctuary Model will be used by all 400
employees of Orchard Place.
About Orchard Place:
Orchard Place is Des Moines’ oldest charity providing mental
health treatment and expertise serving Iowa’s kids. Our inpatient, outpatient
and community programs annually serve more than 10,000 children from birth to
age 22. Four operating divisions are
included in the Orchard Place umbrella of services: Child Guidance Center,
Orchard Place Campus, PACE Juvenile Center and the Integrated Health
Program. More information can be found