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Department of Family Medicine

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Crisis Services

Crisis Resources

Johnson County Crisis Center: 24-hour availability
- Call 319.351.0140 or go to  At 1121 Gilbert Ct Iowa City, IA
- Call, test message or chat/instant messaging 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to talk help with emotions or a crisis.  
- Groceries if you need them.
- Referrals for other resources that you need.
- Emergency financial support to avoid losing your housing or utilities.  


Mobile Crisis Outreach / Iowa Help Line:  24-hour availability
- Call or text message 1-855-800-1239. 
- Anyone can call, the person who needs help, a medical provider, family or friend, etc.
- The two people team tries to be there within an hour – they can go to the ER, clinic, home, etc.
- MCO can help with onsite counseling, provide resources to stabilize the situation, help get connected or other things that are needed.
- MCO also has a crisis apartment that is staffed 24 hours a day and a person can stay there for up to 5 days when needed.  This can be used as many times as needed.  It does not involve insurance or have any cost.  The stay is 100% voluntary and while there they can help you go to appointments or do things that you need.  There is one place that allows pets.  
- The crisis apartment with your own room may be a good alternative to staying at home when it is not safe or a good alternative to being in the hospital when appropriate.  


Walk-In Counseling:
- Abbe Community Mental Health Center at 1039 Arthur Street Iowa City, IA (by Towncrest).  Phone number 319-338-7884.  
- Same day access to meet with a therapist on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Monday and Thursday it is from 9:30-11:30 am.
- Tuesday it is from 1:30-3:30 pm.
- This is first come, first served. Arrive early. Bring a photo ID & insurance card if you have one.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
Veterans’ Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, +1


Alcoholics Anonymous:  319-338-9111,
Substance Abuse:  There is a walk-in appointment at 9 am at UIHC Chemical Dependency Services Department – Boyd Tower – 5th floor.  
Prelude: 319-351-4357, 430 Southgate Avenue Iowa City, IA, 


Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP):  319-351-1043, 1-800-373-1043
Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP):  24 hours – 800-228-1625, 319-335-6001,, 332 S. Linn, Suite 100 Iowa City, IA
Child Abuse Hotline:  24 hours, 800-362-2178


Social Support and Activities:
Free Lunch Program, Monday-Saturday, 12-1, 1105 Gilbert Court, 319-325-0652.  Established in 1983.
R Place:  
A place with activities, classes, groups, fun, games, arts and crafts, outings and holiday activities.  A peer-led meeting place where peers support peers. A restorative environment of hope, support and encouragement for recovery. A safe, nurturing, non-judgmental community for those affected by mental illness.  Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 220 Lafayette Street, Suite 180 Iowa City, IA

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