Child Guidance Program

Norwalk High School

According to the Iowa Department of Human Services

  • Forty percent of children and youth do not receive the mental health services they need.
  • Half of all diagnosable cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Untreated mental disorders in youth can lead to more severe and more difficult to treat mental illnesses in adulthood.
  • Youth with mental disorders are more likely to be suspended, expelled, absent, and unhappy at school.


Helping Our Students Succeed

For the 2013-14 school year, Norwalk Community School District will be involved in the Child Guidance Program offered through Orchard Place. Through this program, a licensed therapist will be available full-time to students in need of mental health services and their families. This program provides extensive outpatient mental health assessment, treatment, and prevention services for Iowa youth and their families.

What is the Cost?

Norwalk Community School District pays a set amount to have access to a full-time mental health licensed therapist.


Payment for individual services are covered through the patient's insurance, Medicaid, Hawk-I, or through United Way.


Other payment options may be available.

For More Information

For more information on the Child Guidance Program, please visit the Orchard Place web site, which can be found here: http://www.orchardplace.org/


Please visit the Iowa Department of Human Services (http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/) for more information on mental health issues affecting Iowa's youth.