Family and friends supporting a person in recovery also need support. We have added a four-week family support group session on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at our Des Moines location at 4908 Franklin Avenue. This is a four-week rolling program, but new participants can start at any time. There is no charge for this family group session, but we will ask you to sign in and participants may provide a free will donation. For more information, contact us at 515-280-3860 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UCS Healthcare is expanding. In addition to our recent clinic relocation and expansion in Ankeny, in the coming months, we'll be partnering with other substance use and mental health treatment providers in Iowa to add medication units. This means that medication assisted treatment will be available to more patients who are seeking long-term recovery from addiction.
This event is open to all children of UCS Healthcare patients ages 0-12. Join us on Friday, December 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 4908 Franklin Avenue in Des Moines for refreshments, craft activities and a visit from Santa Claus! Each child will receive a gift while supplies last. We are accepting donations of cash, gift cards, new or gently used toys and new or gently used clothing for all ages.
As of 10-23-17, we have a new group therapy schedule for our UCS Healthcare office in Des Moines. If you have any questions about our schedule, please contact us at 515-280-3860.
While we all love our pets, for the safety and security of others and due to our clinic rules, pets are not allowed at any UCS Healthcare location. ADA-approved service animals meeting guidelines are the exception. Thank you for respecting our employees and patients by complying with this rule.
We're excited to congratulate Chris Ogle, crisis counselor, who recently earned his Master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa and is now a Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW) counselor in the state of Iowa. Chris joined UCS Healthcare in April 2014 and has worked in a variety of roles in our organization while earning his degree. Learn more about Chris.
"I just didn't understand why I was addicted," said Marlene Groves, UCS Healthcare patient, who was interviewed on WHO-TV 13 about her pain medication (opioid) addiction and how it affected her family. As a client of UCS Healthcare, medication assisted treatment has helped Marlene regain many things in her life. Dr.
Dr. Frank Filippelli, medical director of the UCS Healthcare medication assisted treatment program, recently presented to legislators about the opioid epidemic in our state and appears in this news segment. Emergency room visits due to overdoses are climbing dramatically. Dr. Filippelli emphasized that this epidemic affects people from all walks of life - nurses, lawyers, moms, students, bankers - the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
Our annual celebration event for the children of our patients held on December 23 encompasses cookie decorating, crafts, facepainting, gifts and a visit from Santa! Each child received a gift and the families had the opportunity to select from new or gently used clothing items. Thank you to our amazing team, our sponsors and all who donate to make this a memorable event.