Clarinda Mental Health Institute

The Clarinda Mental Health Institute provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services through its Acute Psychiatric Program. The facility's Geropsychiatric Program provides nursing home beds for persons with mental illness.

Who is eligible to receive services:

The Acute Psychiatric Program serves Iowans who are 18 years of age and over and have a serious mental illness.

The Geropsychiatric Program provides long-term care to adult Iowans with chronic psychiatric and behavioral problems and who meet the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care (IFMC) guidelines for nursing home level of care and whose behaviors are such that community-based facilities cannot manage the resident.

How to apply for services or refer someone to this facility:

Acute Psychiatric Program referrals are made through the local mental health center prescreening process, or commitment by the court system.

Geropsychiatric Program referrals may be made by contacting:

Blake Renner, Administrator of Nursing
712-542-2161 ext. 3347
Fax: 712-542-6131

How to get more information:

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Teresa Barlow, Medical Records Administrator
Clarinda Mental Health Institute
1800 North 16th Street
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
712-542-2161 ext. 2248

Genealogy requests should be sent to:

Teresa Barlow, Medical Records Administrator
712-542-2161 ext. 2248
Fax: 712-542-6113 

Additional general Geropsychiatric Program information may be obtained by visiting these websites:

American Psychiatric Association -

Alzheimer's Disease information - 

Nursing Home Comparison -

Structure of the organization:

The facility is operated by the Iowa Department of Human Services, under the directorship of Charles M. Palmerand under the leadership of Richard Shults, Administrator, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services. The facility's superintendent is Kris Weitzell.

Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and residential treatment workers provide direct-care services to individuals. Psychiatrists, a medical doctor, a psychologist, and social workers provide direct clinical services.

Services provided:

Inpatient psychiatric services for adults and geropsychiatric patients are provided.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certifies psychiatric services.Nursing home level services are certified under the Ombudsman Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA).

People served:

The facility is located in Clarinda. The Acute Psychiatric Program serves persons for fifteen counties in southwest Iowa and the Geropsychiatric Program serves persons for all ninety-nine counties.

Adult                              Geropsychiatric 
Catchment Area           Catchment Area

Other information, innovations, awards:

  • For several years, the facility has received excellent surveys from the CMS and OBRA. 

  • The facility has been innovative in effectively utilizing state property for additional purposes that also benefit the community.

  • February 8, 2011 (Washington, D.C.)
    • The Clarinda Mental Health Institute Geropsychiatric Nursing Facility received the highest ranking of five star rated Iowa nursing homes.

    • The facility ranked #1 out of the 76 five star rated nursing homes in Iowa.

    • Clarinda was the ONLY nursing home in Iowa to receive a perfect score of 15 stars.