Behavioral Health

There Is Hope Close To Home

Believe it or not, more than 1 in 5 people suffer from a behavioral health issue, but more than 50% won’t seek treatment. At Palo Alto County Health System, it is our goal to make you feel comfortable enough to reach out for help when it’s needed.

Our professional and compassionate counselors are specially trained to guide those seeking help through difficult situations. If you are feeling alone, struggling with anxiety, addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, marriage distress or difficulties, recent or past traumatic experiences, or any other type of mental health concern, we are here for you.

At Palo Alto County Health System, it is our goal to make you feel comfortable enough to reach out for help when it’s needed.

Behavioral Health

  • Hours

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • AA Meetings

    AA is currently meeting in person on Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

  • Compassionate Programs

    From adolescents to adults, we understand that every situation is unique, which is why our program focuses on caring for the complete person, including medical needs as well as our patients’ emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing.”

Behavioral Health Services

We offer the following behavioral health programs and services:

If you or someone you love needs help, then the time to act is now! Call 712.852.5688 to schedule an appointment with a PACHS Licensed Counselor.

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving

STEPPS Program

When it Comes to Emotional Struggles, You are Not Alone!

Palo Alto County Health System is proud to introduce our new STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving) program, a group-based course designed to help people understand and regulate feelings of hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and other emotional struggles in order to change behaviors and better manage feelings. STEPPS is a curriculum-based program that lasts 12 weeks, 2 hours per week.

What will I learn about in the STEPPS program?

Who teaches the program?


When will this program start?


Where do I go for the STEPPS program?

Sessions are held at PACHS.

How many sessions are in a complete program?

STEPPS is a curriculum based program that lasts 22 weeks, 2 hours per week.

What if I can’t come to one of the sessions?

You can make up the session. Ask your educator when you can make up the session you will miss.

Does insurance pay for diabetes education?

Medicare will help pay for diabetes education if you have Medicare Part B and meet certain criteria. Payment by other insurance companies will depend upon your plan. Please contact your insurance company. Ask if your policy covers “diabetes self-management training.” If you have more questions, your educator will help you get them answered.

For more information or to sign up for the STEPPS program, please call 712.852.5688 or email PACHS Behavioral Health Department at


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Palo Alto County Health System offers a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help individuals manage the symptoms of drug and alcohol disorders. Research shows that medically assisted treatment, or MAT, is having the highest success rate for treating opioid use disorder. MAT is introducing people to recovery and improving their lives.

Suboxone is one of the most common drugs used in medication assisted treatment. The medication supplies the body with the chemicals needed to prevent withdrawal and reduces cravings.

For more information or to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our specialists, please call 712.852.5688.

If you want to gain control of your life with treatment that is scientifically proven to be effective, then give us a call today or complete the form below.

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MAT Specialists

  • Compassionate Programs

    PACHS offers a variety of behavioral health services to help people struggling with addiction, anxiety or depression, relationship difficulties, past trauma, suicidal thoughts and much more.