About us

The Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI) is one of Iowa’s two mental health institutes providing acute psychiatric treatment and care for patients with severe symptoms of mental illness. CMHI is operated by the Iowa Department of Human Services and has 24 adult and 12 child/adolescent beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program
CMHI follows an acute care recovery model that emphasizes patient empowerment, involvement and education. The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) provides the patient education in regards to; major mental illnesses, personality disorders, substance use, symptom management, life skills development, individual recovery groups and healthy lifestyle education. Patients attend groups based on their ability to function and tolerate interactions with others. Pastoral services are available to patients expressing spiritual care interests and needs.

Certified teachers provide on-site academic studies to all children and adolescent patients. The school is certified by the Department of Education. Adult services are provided as indicated.

Campus Partners
CMHI leases space to and works with several agencies on its campus including:

  • Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault
  • DHS Child Welfare Services
  • DHS Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders
  • DHS Targeted Case Management
  • The Ecumenical Institute
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Jackson Recovery Centers Synergy Center
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Northwest Iowa Youth Emergency Services Center
  • The Pride Group
  • Plains Area Mental Health Center