Family Support

UCS Healthcare Offers a Free Family Support Group

Do you care about someone with a substance use disorder? Loved ones, significant others, friends, parents, children, co-workers - anyone with a relationship with someone with a substance use disorder is invited to join our family support group.

With our support group, you will never feel like you're walking this difficult journey on your own again.  You will learn more about different types of addictions and how they affect families, gain knowledge about the recovery process, get tips for maintaining healthy boundaries in relationships, and develop better communication skills with those close to your heart during these trying times — all while building valuable connections in our caring community where everyone understands what it feels like to face a similar battle as yours.  


This group is hybrid and takes place both at the West Des Moines location and via zoom: 857 7192 0467

This small group format is open-topic and is driven by participants.


When is the Family Support Group held?

Every Wednesday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

UCS Healthcare

1300 Woodland Avenue

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Transgender Support Groups 

The transgender community, including both binary and nonbinary individuals, can experience significant stress moving through a world that treats being cisgender as the norm, lacks understanding about what it means to be trans, and mistreats individuals who do not fit into this “norm.” Being misgendered (having people refer to you as the incorrect gender or with incorrect pronouns) can lead to psychological distress, but having other people to talk to can make a big difference in your ability to cope. UCS Healthcare is here to help.

UCS Healthcare Offers Free Transgender Support Groups


Open to all transgender, queer, non-binary, gender-diverse individuals. Whether you're just beginning your journey or somewhere beyond, join us! Allies in direct support of transgender members are welcome. Meetings are led by UCS Healthcare professionals and our community partners to create a safe, educational environment. 

Meetings are held twice a month at UCS Healthcare and are available in a hybrid format - both in person and on Zoom - for people who reside in Iowa. For questions and accommodations, email or call 515-280-3860.

For Adults 18+

Held every twice a month. Join the private Facebook group here.

For Teens Under 18

Held every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Click here to view a printable pdf flier. Join the private Facebook group here. 

For Parents & Partners

This group is for parents of transgender people of any age and partners of transgender people. Held every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (at the same time as the teen group, held in a different room) Click here to view a printable pdf flier. Join the private Facebook group here.


UCS Healthcare has won recognition and awards for our Transgender Support Groups. To take part, call 515-280-3860 or email

UCS Healthcare offers a wide range of services beyond our support groups. These services include:

Full family medical care
LGBTQIA+ health care
Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses
Preventative care
Substance Use Disorder treatment
Psychiatric care
Mental health counseling and psychotherapy
Medication assisted treatment for opiate and alcohol abuse disorders.

Most insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare, when services are covered. Financial assistance and grants may be available for care.