In the 1960s, two Des Moines area women, Jeannette Eyerly and Elizabeth Ball, were pioneers in advocating for the mentally ill. They were committed to helping people lead productive lives within the community rather than being shut away in a hospital or institution. Ms. Eyerly and Ms. Ball worked relentlessly, pleading with local officials, giving a voice to the helpless and paving the way for the Polk County Mental Health Center, which opened in 1969.
Today that innovative solution, to what was once a neglected problem, has grown to become Eyerly Ball, a pioneering source for outpatient, residential and outreach mental health services. As a leader in providing services that respond to the changing mental health needs in our community, Eyerly Ball has evolved over the years from a single outpatient clinic to include multiple clinic locations, residential facilities, community outreach programs, jail diversion, crisis services and much more.
Eyerly Ball has services available for a wide array of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness, substance abuse and more. Depending on the severity of need, Eyerly Ball offers outpatient therapy and psychiatric services, community-based treatment and residential services.
Partnering with CICS, Eyerly Ball offers services in four of the region’s counties: Madison, Warren, Boone and Story. Eyerly Ball is especially excited about its newly expanded efforts in Warren County, offering more therapy services, as well as a med provider. This means medication and psychiatric services will now be available in Warren County through Eyerly Ball.
In addition to these new services, Eyerly Ball is proud to partner with police departments in Story County to follow up on all calls related to mental health issues. It also has an in-unit staffer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames to follow up with clients transitioning out of the hospital, ensuring they remain stable and healthy.