Services

At Life Connections our goal is to connect to families and form trusting relationships. Our services are designed to assist your family in achieving your goals. Through our family focused services we want to help you and your family build healthy relationships.

Mental Health Evaluations

If you are in need of a Mental Health Assessment or Mental Health Evaluation, we have licensed professionals on staff to assist you. These evaluations are conducted by a Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts (LPHA) and are often required to begin our services. An evaluation is often necessary to assess an individual’s mental health needs and allows the LPHA to gain an understanding of your present situation. Please contact us if you would like to schedule an assessment today



Skill Building

Our Skill Building Program is operated under the insurance coverage of Title 19 (Medicaid). This service is provided at no cost to the individuals receiving the services. The Skill Building Program is available for children, adolescents, and adults.

Child and Adolscent Program
Our qualified, trained, and experienced specialists will work one-on-one with you and your child(ren) to assist them in improving skills. Common skills that are worked on include:
  • Anger management
  • Communication
  • Self esteem
  • Interpersonal
  • Problem solving

  • If you are interested in having one of our staff members meet with you in your home to work with you and your child(ren) on improving their skills, please do not hesitate to call our nearest office to you for an appointment.
    Skill Building Services begin with an initial assessment with a licensed therapist.

    Adult Program
    The Adult Skill Building Program is available to individuals aged 18 or older. The focus of this program is to assist adults in regaining skills they have lost, such as:
  • Anger management
  • Communication
  • Self esteem
  • Interpersonal
  • Problem solving

  • In addition to these skills, some independent living and employment related skills may also be addressed.
    The Adult Skill Building Program is in an individual format, meaning that our staff member will meet one-on-one with you in your home to address and work on the areas you have identified as needing improvement.

    Therapy

    Life Connections has a therapeutic staff available to assist you with your mental health needs. All our therapists are licensed in the State of Iowa and are experienced in their fields. Our therapists will help you reach your goals, and can provide individual, group, family, or couples therapy.

    Whether you are dealing with a difficult emotional situation, grief, trauma, or need a mental health professional to assist you for any other reason, we have the resources available for you and your family. We are confident that our conveniently located offices throughout Iowa will provide you with the safe and comfortable office location you need to begin your therapy experience.

    Our therapists accept most major insurance carriers, EAP, Title 19 (Medicaid), and Private Pay. Please call our office today if you have any questions regarding insurance coverage or fees associated with our therapy programs. You can also download our Therapy Pre-treatment Questionnaire to verify coverage with your insurance carrier.



    Training

    Life Connections also offers FREE trainings to you and your staff in the community. We can provide you and your staff a healthy lunch if booked over the lunch hour! Moon Chaplin-Eich, CEO of Life Connections, is a motivational speaker and trainer for professionals. Our trainings and workshops are FREE to professionals and their staff. We provide team building, interactive, and fun seminars in professional settings. For all agencies, companies and businesses, we provide the following:

  • How to Create a Positive Work Environment with Loyal Employees and Build Employee Retention
  • How to Lead your Team to Solution Focused Thinking
  • Professional Development and Networking in Business
  • Leadership Ethics and Management Development
  • Happy, Resilient Employees and Self Care
  • Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Harassment Identification and Prevention

  • For educators, counselors, therapists and human service professionals, we provide the following curriculum reviews:
  • Identifying the 15 Cognitive Distortions by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. and Fixing Cognitive Distortions
  • How to Engage Clients as a Provider: How and Why This is Important for Individualized Quality Services
  • “Stop and Think” Curriculum for Clients
  • Professional Development
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Crisis Planning for Sessions and Clients
  • Building Resilience in Children and Teens (Part 1 and Part 2) by Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne

  • For more information, or to book a training, workshop, seminar or retreat in your area, simply email Life Connections at contactus [at] life-connections.org We ask that you book at least one month in advance.

    Waiver

    At Life Connections, we provide two services on the Children’s Mental Health Waiver (CMHW), which is one of Iowa’s seven HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) Waivers. The Waiver Program provides service funding and individualized supports to maintain eligible members in their own homes or communities who would otherwise require care in a medical institution. The child must receive Medicaid targeted case management or Integrated Health Home services when CMH Waiver services begin. CMH Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each child. Decisions regarding what services are appropriate, the number of units or the dollar amounts of the appropriate services are based on the child’s needs as determined by the child, the child’s family and an interdisciplinary team.

    Family Community Support (FCS) and In Home Family Therapy (IHFT):

    The Children’s Mental Health Waiver program provides family and community support (FCS) services and in-home family therapy (IHFT) to youth and their families dealing with a serious emotional disturbance diagnosis.

    FCS includes a variety of activities and interventions, such as modeling and practicing effective coping strategies, building resilience to the stigma of serious emotional disturbance, developing positive relationships with peers and community members, modeling and practicing interventions in the crisis plan, developing medication management skills, developing personal hygiene and grooming skills, and practicing appropriate and positive socialization in the community. FCS does not include vocational services, prevocational services, supported employment services, room and board, academic services or general supervision and care.

    IHFT supports the family through skilled therapeutic services provided to the child and family in their home, in developing coping strategies from the effects of serious emotional disturbance on the family relationships. This service will enable the youth to continue living within the family environment. The goal of IHFT is to maintain a cohesive family unit. IHFT is exclusive of individual, family or other mental health therapy that the youth may receive.