CHI Health Psychiatric Mental Institute for Children (PMIC) is a residential, long-term treatment center for adolescents, ages 12-18, with substance abuse or chemical dependency, and behavioral psychiatric conditions. Through the program, we teach youths the necessary skills and behaviors to live a happier, healthier life. CHI Health PMIC is one of only two PMICs in the state of Iowa with a primary focus on substance abuse. We treat approximately 60-75 adolescents annually.
Our care model includes a 12-step model and Trauma-Informed Care approach, in which patients' traumatic experiences are recognized and validated to aid in their emotional healing.

Treatment Activities include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Health and nutrition groups/teaching
- Recreational therapy
- Community Groups
- 12-Step Groups
- AA and NA meetings
- Family therapy
- Coping skills groups
- Social skills groups
- Anger management groups
- Relapse prevention
- Substance abuse and mental health education
- Spirituality groups
- Basic living skills
- Behavioral modification program
- On-site school (curriculum taught by a licensed educator)
Katelyn's Story-My name is Katelyn I attended PMIC when I was sixteen. I am a dual diagnosis alcoholic addict. When I came into PMIC my life was a complete mess. I could barely go a day with using drugs and alcohol and my life was spinning out of control. I had no goals and ambitions in life besides continuing my using and drinking. When I got to PMIC I was finally able to realize that I had a problem.
Realizing that I had a problem with drugs and alcohol was not something that happened over night. The support that I had from the staff and the therapists at PMIC made the journey to self-discovery a lot easier. I was shown that I was not alone and I was given the tools to grow out of my comfort zone. I wasn't just shown how my life was unmanageable but I was also taught how to live without drugs and alcohol again.
Even though I have relapsed, I don't think I would have been able to come back and stay sober for three years at age twenty if it was not for PMIC. The things that I was taught there about myself and the lessons I was taught on how to live again stuck with me. I knew when I needed support or advise I could always call back and the staff have been nothing but encouraging always pushing me in the right direction. I am very grateful for the experience I had at PMIC and I do not know where I would be today without that.

Cody's Story-I would first like to start off by saying how blessed and thankful I am to be here today. Without the help and support of the PMIC staff I am convinced that I would not be alive to be writing this.
Like you, I to was in your position 2 years ago. I know all the pain, struggles, and hurt you're all going through as I have faced these myself. By the age of 17 I was on every drug you could imagine, spiraling my life into an all out tail spin taking me to the edge of death and without the grace of a higher power I would not be here today.
Thanks to the program at PMIC I have been able to live a successful and enjoyable life free from the captivity of drugs. I know that for some the program may seem like it doesn't work or that you may feel that no one can understand what you're going through. I know this because I once thought the same way and it wasn't until I surrendered my entire life over to my higher power and admitted I have a problem that I was truly able to begin the path to recovery. After graduating the PMIC program I held close what I learned. Keeping close contact with my support network through the Church and N.A.
Through working in these programs and taking the advice of those before me. I now live a successful life and have learned that no matter what arises we can face the challenge together. I know that Church, A.A., or N.A. is not for everyone. However a very wise person once told me that "methods are many and variables are few, methods may vary but principles never do". Work the program that keeps you clean, while the methods may change the principle of staying clean no matter what doesn't change. Just remember that no matter what you go through in life don't pick up NO MATTER WHAT! JUST FOR TODAY.