Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Inc
"CHCSI will make high quality health care accessible to everyone in our region."
Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) began operations as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in April of 2005. The organization is the only FQHC in the state of Iowa that has also received the designation of being a Community Mental Health Center. CHCSI currently employs approximately 125 staff and provides a wide array of primary health, oral health, behavioral health, substance use disorder, vision, and pharmacy services in ten locations throughout our ten county service area. The mission of the organization is that, “CHCSI will make high quality health care accessible to everyone in our region.”
Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, and Appanoose Counties in Iowa, and Mercer and Harrison Counties in Missouri.
Why we deserve the makeover
CHCSI has a strong history as a community minded, quality health care provider in south central Iowa. The organization has repeatedly demonstrated our commitment to identifying and addressing gaps in needed services in the most cost efficient, fiscally responsible manner possible. CHCSI makes every effort to maximize the resources available and ensure that services are complimented, not duplicated, while continually striving to improve our delivery methods.
CHCSI is committed to providing comprehensive, innovative services to our region. One example of this is our current development of an Access Center, one of the first in Iowa. The Access Center will provide immediate, short-term assessments for persons with serious mental illness or substance use disorders who do not need inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, but do need significant amounts of supports and services not available in the persons’ homes or communities. The Access Center will also provide/arrange for the provision of necessary medical services, navigation and warm handoffs to the next service provider, and linkages to needed services including housing, employment, and shelter services. The Access Center will be a 7,435 square foot newly constructed facility comprised of three wings and 16 beds: outpatient services; observation, crisis stabilization, and sobering services; and subacute services.