News & Updates

News & Updates2017-12-22T14:48:29+00:00

Appanoose County Law Enforcement Countermeasures

Several groups in Appanoose County are working to stop underage alcohol use and driving under the influence (DUI). The Appanoose County Collaboration Council (ACCC) and Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) have partnered with the Iowa State Patrol. To place countermeasures such as alcohol establishment walkthroughs, special DUI patrols, and seat belt enforcement zones. Road Traffic Accidents Their focus [...]

Gambling Prevention and Treatment

In Iowa, 88% of the population has gambled in the past 12 months. For most of these people, gambling is fun and a form of recreation. They go into the situation knowing they may lose money and don’t suffer any consequences. Yet for others, it begins to consume their lives. Hince, Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) offers gambling prevention and [...]

February 25th, 2019|Agency News, Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Risks of Depression in Adults – How can Sieda BHTS Help

Depression in adults is widely under-recognized and undertreated. Part of the problem is people assume depression is a normal part of aging.  Sadness, grief and temporary “down” moods are normal.  However, persistent depression that interferes with a person’s ability to function is not. Common causes for depression include genetics, brain chemistry, changes in hormones, and stress. For instance, triggers [...]

February 13th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Family Group for Anyone Affected by Another’s Substance Use

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) every week holds a Family Group for anyone being affected by another person’s substance use. When a family member has a substance use disorder this can upset the family balance. For instance, it can challenge family rules or strain family relationships. Consequently increasing tension and building pressure amongst family members. Along with many other [...]

Sieda Community Action to Partner with Iowa Department of Public Health for Hepatitis C Screening Pilot

Ottumwa, Iowa, February 6, 2019 – Sieda Community Action is pleased to announce they will be partnering with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis to offer hepatitis C screening to their Behavioral Health and Treatment Services Clients. IDPH received funding from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to implement a [...]

February 6th, 2019|Family Support Services|

SUPER GRANDPARENTS message from BHTS Prevention

A POWERFUL ROLE Grandchildren have a special relationship with their Grandpa and Grandma. As a grandparent, you can say things to and get information from teens with much more ease than can a parent. You also provide guidance and support for all the generations of the family and can be an inspiration to your grandkids. Even if you are [...]

Alcohol Retailer Training with Behavioral Health and Treatment Services

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) offer training for alcohol retailers called Merchant Alcohol Training. For businesses with a liquor license, it is important to train employees and managers in responsible alcohol service. BHTS Prevention holds 2 types of classes that covers information such as valid IDs, alcohol laws, impairment factors, and intervention techniques: • 2 hour class for any [...]

FaDSS at the Iowa Capitol for Day on the Hill 2019

State legislators and other departments had a chance to learn more about the Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program. FaDSS Day on the Hill happens every year at the State Capitol Rotunda. Sieda Family Support Services Director Rebecca Falck, FaDSS Program Manager Deb Shubat, and FaDSS Generalists Jamie Anderson, Dianne Hendee, Stephanie Coffin, Melissa Maxey, and Joy Olson [...]

January 28th, 2019|Agency News, Family Support Services|

Sieda’s Wapello County Christmas 2018 Programs

Sieda Wapello County Resource Center holds two Christmas Programs every year. With help from the community, we have the senior program Silver Bells. Additionally, for the under 18, we have the Wapello County Children’s Christmas with the Ottumwa Fire Department Sparky Claus. Why do we do what we do? In the year 2017, 24.4% of Wapello County lived below [...]

January 25th, 2019|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|