As we prepare to open our doors at 300 Southgate Avenue in Iowa City in early 2021, we want to share a little about our planned services. Our goal is to provide easier access to immediate, onsite assessment and stabilization—outside of a hospital setting—for those 18+ years of age who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.
GuideLink Center is a community-initiated collaborative led by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. It is designed to offer a welcoming space where experienced staff can deliver 24/7 services, including rapid assessment, triage, stabilization, and follow-up resources. The Center will have beds available for individuals who require stays of up to five days.
Our goal is to create an effective alternative for those in need who, until now, may have had no other choice than to go to an emergency room or be sent to a jail. Individuals will be able to walk into our center; be brought in by friends or family members; or be accompanied by law enforcement. You do not have to be a resident of Johnson County. Individuals over 18 years old will be provided care regardless of their ability to pay. Insurance may be billed if available; deductibles and co-pays may apply.
GuideLink Center’s mission is to provide immediate care for adults facing emotional, mental health, or substance use challenges. We also will work with individuals and their families to provide support as they seek to transition to ongoing, follow-up resources.
Here are just a few of the situations in which an individual, their family, or local law enforcement might contact us for help:
Please note we are not equipped to handle medical or surgical emergencies, but minor medical first aid will be available, along with a telemedicine connection to UIHC’s emergency department when triage consultation is needed.
Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization: Prompt evaluation and treatment for individuals presenting with acute symptoms or distress, including both 23-hour “crisis observation” beds that allow for a thorough evaluation, initiation of treatment and connection with follow-up services, as well as “crisis stabilization” beds for stays up to 5 days as necessary to restore individuals’ ability to maintain safety and return to the community.
Sobering Service: A safe place where someone can be closely watched while they withdraw from alcohol or other substances, and includes an opportunity to examine one’s interest or need to become involved in substance use treatment
Detoxification: Provides a safe, medically supervised space for individuals to withdraw from drugs or alcohol and stabilize before engaging in a treatment program
Referrals to Affiliated Partners:
This effort is being led by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and other key organizations and members of the community who serve on the executive and steering committees.
We’d like to thank these key partners who have helped GuideLink Center move from a vision to a reality.
When operational, GuideLink Center will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like to receive updates on GuideLink Center, please enter your name and email address below.