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Posted on: October 4, 2022

CICS Extends Free Crisis Therapy Appointments


One in five adults and one in 10 children experience brain health (mental health) struggles. Now central Iowans can take advantage of two free crisis therapy appointments through the end of the year thanks to CICS, which recently extended funding for the appointments through Dec. 31, 2022.

CICS previously committed to funding crisis therapy appointments for individuals within the CICS region who may be overwhelmed by current events within our nation or across the world from June through August.

As one of Iowa’s Mental Health and Disabilities Regions dedicated to helping Iowans receive brain health and disability services, CICS serves 15 counties throughout central and northern Iowa.

“We know that cost can be a barrier to individuals in our region who want or need to reach out for brain health help,” said Russell Wood, CEO of CICS. “Many people don’t feel like they can acknowledge their brain health struggles until they need help urgently or simply don’t know how to move forward. We want to change that.”

Funding these services allows more Iowans to reach out to their local brain health provider and helps providers focus on assisting those in need.

“There are times when people contact our clinic for the first time and don’t have insurance or require prior authorization,” said Julie Smith, center director for Capstone Behavioral Healthcare. “We need to connect individuals to services as soon as possible and be reimbursed for appointments. CICS’s commitment to funding allows us to cut through days of prior authorization and reduce the amount of individuals who walk away from seeking necessary help because they can’t afford it.”

CICS is waiving income and resource guidelines for those utilizing their two crisis therapy appointments. For those with insurance, CICS can assist with copays or deductibles. CICS is funding appointments for contracted providers, which include:

  • Achieve Mental Health, Inc.
  • Berryhill Center
  • Capstone Behavioral Healthcare
  • Center Associates
  • Central Iowa Psychological Services
  • Choices Therapy Services, LLC
  • Community & Family Resources
  • Crossroads Mental Health Center
  • Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services
  • Grace C. Mae Advocate Center, LLC
  • Greene County Family Medicine
  • House of Mercy
  • Integrated Treatment Services, LLC
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Midwest Counseling
  • New Beginnings Counseling Service
  • Optimae Life Services
  • Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Van Diest Medical Center
  • YSS
  • Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa, Inc.

Those interested in an appointment with a brain health service provider can contact a provider directly or reach out to the CICS office in their county. A CICS service coordinator will connect that person with a provider.

“It may take everything that a person has to walk into our door for brain health help,” Smith said. “We now have the ability to serve these people immediately, without the barrier of insurance. We are very fortunate to have CICS.”

For more information about CICS and its services, visit For an interview with CICS officials or with Julie Smith of Capstone Behavioral Healthcare, contact Makayla Smith at


About CICS

CICS is one of Iowa’s 14 Mental Health and Disabilities Regions, which are dedicated to connecting Iowans to the brain health (mental health) and intellectual or other developmental disability services they need close to home. CICS coordinates and provides funding for services for residents in Boone, Cerro Gordo, Greene, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story, Warren, Webster and Wright counties. Learn more at

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