Orchard Place - Child Guidance Center

808 Fifth Avenue • Des Moines, IA • 50309

Orchard Place Guidance Center on Fifth St. Des Moines

The Orchard Place - Child Guidance Center in downtown Des Moines has provided child and adolescent mental health services in Central Iowa for more than 75 years.

The Child Guidance Center is a federally accredited community mental health center for children and serves as a safety net service provider for children battling mental health disorders in Central Iowa.

Our Children's Mental Health Services Include:

  • Direct Clinical Services offers a wide variety of mental health services in the Child Guidance Center clinical setting, including therapy, psychological assessments and testing, psychiatric assessments, and medication management.

  • School-Based Mental Health Services are provided in 56 schools across 7 school districts, allowing children and families easier access to therapy and enabling therapists to closely collaborate with the child's educational team.

  • Trauma-Informed Care Project promotes awareness of the impact of trauma on children and educates the community and community stakeholders in trauma-informed care practices.

  • Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) serves 21 counties in Central Iowa and helps families identify and select quality child care. CCR&R offers consultation, technical assistance and training to both home and center based child care programs on child development, positive behavior intervention support and other training topics to help children get a healthy start in child care environments.

Referral to the Child Guidance Center:

Call (515) 244-2267. Our receptionist will refer you to appropriate services or an intake specialist.

Referral to Child Care Resource and Referral Program:

Call (515) 246-3590. Our receptionist will refer you to appropriate staff for services.



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This site is intended to provide information and resources and is not intended to serve as a crisis line. We make every effort to return a web based inquiry within 24 hours. If you have immediate needs please call 9-1-1 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK

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