Starting at 12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Zion Recovery Services Inc. will officially take over the provision of behavioral health services for Genesis Development, including the Hope Wellness Center in Woodward — now to be called Safe Harbor — and the Genesis offices in Adel and in Perry at the Dallas County Hospital.
The expansion of mental health services in Dallas County builds on Zion Recovery’s base at the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center in Atlantic, according to a statement released by Zion Recovery Services.
Services that will now be under the Zion Recovery Services umbrella include mental health outpatient therapy and medication management in the Adel, Perry and Exira offices and operation of Woodward’s Safe Harbor center, which provides medication management, transitional housing, crisis stabilization and mobile crisis response for residents in the Heart of Iowa Community Services Region, comprising Audubon, Guthrie and Dallas counties.
“Taking on behavioral health services formally provided by Genesis Development aligns with Zion Recovery Services’ mission,” according to the Zion website, “which is to strengthen overall wellness through behavioral health intervention, education and support.”
Zion Recovery said its transition team is working closely with the Heart of Iowa Community Services mental health region administrator, Genesis Development leadership team and the Iowa Department of Human Services Mental Health and Disabilities administrators “to ensure a seamless and timely transition. Throughout this transition, announcements will be made regarding updated contact information, locations, scheduling of appointments and mental health crisis support.”
The Safe Harbor at 706 Cedar St. in Woodward employs a staff of 12-15, from cooks to counselors, and the Genesis employees are expected to become Zion employees as part of the “seamless and timely transition.” The facility opened in August 2015 with two wings, one providing short-term crisis intervention, usually lasting seven to 10 days, and the other offering transitional support for three to six months.
Zion Recovery Services began treating substance use disorders in 1973 in southwest Iowa and expanded its programming in 2014 to include substance abuse prevention services. Zion integrated mental health services into its treatment options in 2017 when it took on management of the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center, better addressing co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health issues.