Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC)

The CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) is a residential, long term treatment for adolescents with substance or chemical dependency, and behavioral and psychiatric conditions. Through the program, we teach youths the necessary skills and behaviors to live a happier, healthier life.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • From ages 12 through 18 years
  • I.Q. above 70
  • Certificate of need signed by a medical doctor must be presented
  • Primary DSM Axis I diagnosis of substance abuse – with or without a co-occurring mental health diagnosis

Treatment Team

The multi-disciplinary treatment team includes a board-certified child psychiatrist, nurse, program therapists, team lead, recreational therapist, chaplain, and behavioral service technicians. We also draw upon the resources of the CHI Health Behavioral Services team, including a consulting psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and other treatment programs that are able to offer assistance and support. 

A Personalized Treatment Program

CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children provides treatment designed to meet the specific needs of adolescents who have a substance disorder with or without a mental health disorder. Following a formal assessment, the staff works closely with the referring worker (if applicable), the family and youth to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes a wide range of activities designed to heal the body, mind and spirit. Youths learn better ways to approach the people, places and situations encountered in their lives.

Our Care Model

Our care model includes the 12 step-model and Trauma-Informed Care approach, in which patients' traumatic experiences are recognized and validated to aid in their emotional healing. 

CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children is a Co-ed program that serves adolescents, ages 12-18. Patients must have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse, with or without other behavioral, thought, and/or affective disorders. The average length of stay is 90-120 days.

Treatment Activities

  • 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 from the Glenwood Community School District)


Referrals to the CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children can be made by calling the team lead at (712) 527-2049. A pre-admission screening will be conducted, including a review of recent assessments, evaluations, past treatment reports, and verbal reports from referral workers and parents. If necessary, a pre-admission interview with the prospective patient will be conducted. Prior to admission, a current chemical dependency assessment and a certificate of need signed by a medical doctor must be provided. The PMIC treatment team will complete an interdisciplinary assessment to further ensure that the youth meets the program requirements. Admission can occur voluntarily or by court order.

The Importance of Family

Behavioral or substance abuse problems in children affect all those who care about them. Involving the entire family or support system is an important part of the child’s recovery process. When the child returns home he or she will need a strong support system to help maintain and improve upon the progress made during treatment. At CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children, we recognize the importance of family involvement and encourage participation progress reviews and family therapy. We also encourage an open line of communication between the families and our program therapist throughout the youth’s stay.

Financial Information

CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children is a covered benefit though Iowa Medicaid. Some private insurance policies may include the PMIC program as a covered benefit. Private pay plans are also available. CHI Health works closely with families to negotiate appropriate reimbursement through insurance companies or private pay.  

Licensure and Accreditation

CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children is licensed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and Iowa Department of Public Health. CHI Health PMIC is also accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

CHI Health Behavioral Services

As an important part of the continuum of care provided by CHI Health Behavioral Services, the program is able to draw upon the vast resources of the Alegent system. CHI Health is a mission-driven, multi-hospital provider of healthcare services in the Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa region. We are the largest provider of Behavioral Services in this region and have been nationally recognized as a leader of patient-focused, best-practice services. 

Nationally-recognized programs

Our programs have been recognized on the local and national levels, including recently being named as one of only 29 organizations nationwide to receive the 2008 SAMHSA Science to Service Award, for implementing a system-wide trauma-informed care model.


PMIC is located in Glenwood, Iowa. Glenwood is located just a couple miles east of the intersection of Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 34. CHI Health Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children is located in a beautiful setting on the edge of Glenwood, Iowa. Nature scenes surround the facility and there are numerous opportunities for the residents to participate in outdoor activities such as, nature trails, a fishing lake on campus and various sporting activities. The program also uses the resources of the Glenwood community, such as a YMCA, the Glenwood Lake Park and the Glenwood Resource Center.

Contact us

Please call our Team Lead at (712) 527-2049 or (712) 527-2044. Fx referral information to (712) 527-2042.