Welcome to our new Web site and blog! As you can see, we have changed our name from MECCA Services to Prelude Behavioral Services. Along with the change of name, you may also notice our updated colors and overall look. This has been a work in progress for several months, so we are so pleased to unveil it to our partners, clients and donors. We hope you’ll find that the new Prelude Web site is a resource for information, a place to connect with us, and most of all, a place of inspiration to begin a change.
The decision to update our name was the result of agency-wide strategic planning that helped us understand that the name MECCA no longer adequately communicates what we do, or where we are headed as a behavioral health organization. We are investing in this change to celebrate our successes over the last five decades and to position ourselves to set a new direction for how we respond to the changing needs of our clients, families, and communities.
When our organization began in the mid 1960’s, a staff of 4 people began providing interventions and referral to AA for clients incarcerated in area jails, eventually offering treatment services directly with clients The need was great, support for this new community initiative was extraordinary, but state and local funding was still in its infancy.
Boy, have we grown! In the early 1980’s a residential and outpatient facility was built to accommodate clients in the Iowa City area. A few years later, a second facility was built next door in order to expand programming and provide 12 transitional housing units for families in recovery.
Prelude began offering the same services in the Des Moines area when a provider changed its mission and no longer offered programing and services to those with substance abuse issues. It was a crisis situation in which our staff quickly pulled together to make sure no one who needed help was left behind. Facilities were purchased for residential and outpatient treatment and the doors opened within one month’s time. In 2007, we were proud to have Bernie Lorenz Recovery, a Des Moines halfway program specifically designed for women, join our organization.
Today, Prelude serves close to 5,000 individuals every year. In addition, we touch around 10,000 more lives through early intervention and prevention services. Prelude’s staff of more than 140 individuals includes recovery assistants, medical staff, licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors, and professional administrative staff. We offer a full continuum of care from education and prevention programming to assessment, residential and outpatient treatment, aftercare programs, and programs for families and other concerned loved ones.
Addiction and mental health disorders do not discriminate. They don’t care about level of education, how much money someone makes, race, gender, or sexuality. More than 20 million Americans live in recovery successfully and it’s estimated that there are another 2 million people who demonstrate risks for substance abuse.
Behavioral health issues affect each one of us in some way. It may be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker. In most cases, the issues are disguised because of embarrassment, a fear of losing a job and/or family, the lack of financial resources; the list goes on.
We are here to break down the barriers that keep people from seeking treatment. One way we can do that is by talking about addiction, sharing our expertise with you, providing resources to individuals, families, doctors and others who may be concerned about a loved one, and by making sure we have programs and services in place to help, now and into the future.
We hope you will follow our blog and provide feedback, questions and suggestions of what you’d like to hear about. We are here for you and your loved ones.