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Compass Pointe closes, other doors open

Help is available for local residents dealing with addiction

April 15, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Compass Pointe, an addiction counseling and prevention organization that has served Northwest Iowa for 50 years, closes its doors in all locations today. Since our story about the closing that ran in Thursday's edition, the Estherville News has learned of other area resources for help with addiction and mental health. for live online chat, phone call or text help with alcohol, drugs or suicidal thoughts,, a project of the Iowa Department of Public Health, is available 24/7. Live chat is available on the website. The voice call number is toll-free: 1-855-581-8111 and the texting number is 1-855-895-8398. The site also offers a quick quiz to identify your risk, warning signs for concerned loved ones to flag, and information for family and friends to learn more about how to give and receive help.

Joey Gude of H.E.A.R.T. Kinnections ( is located Estherville at 2014 E. Central Ave., with locations in Okoboji and Arnolds Park. Three therapists work out of the Estherville office: Gude can be reached at 712-320-0202, Melissa Skrepak at 712-298-1997, and Michelle Banks at 712-320-0379.

Gude said, "It was sad for us to hear that Compass Pointe was closing. I, however, am thrilled to see the concern and support across the region to help clients. That shows the strength in our communities."

Gude said the therapists at H.E.A.R.T Kinnections care deeply about helping those in transition and can provide experienced, compassionate care to support individuals with substance misues concerns with individual, group, and integrated co-occurring services.

"We know that people need a place for treatment services to support recovery. I am also very impressed with the concern and support from various community organizations asking form information to help those involved," Gude said.

All Those Yesterdays is located in Spencer in the Grand Ave. Community Outreach Building, Suite 29. Ryan Jensen is the counselor and said he will begin seeing clients May 1. The website is and phone number 712-363-5886. All Those Yesterdays offers mental health counseling on a self-pay basis and offers various insurance plans, including Medicaid, for substance abuse assessments, diagnosis and outpatient counseling along with mental health therapy for dual diagnoses.

Shade of the Tree is located in Spirit Lake. The number is 712-330-9140.

Hope Haven has locations in Emmetsburg, Spirit Lake and Spencer as well as a few locations a longer drive from Estherville. The Spirit Lake office number is 712-336-6977.

Seasons Center will temporarily extend its substance use disorder service hours to accommodate the increase in clients in need of services. Extended evening and weekend hours will be offered for substance use disorder services in Spencer as well as Storm Lake, Sioux Center and Sheldon for both evaluations and group sessions. To schedule an evaluation, please call 800-242-5101.

"We see the large need for substance use services in our area and even more especially with one of the other main providers closing in northwest Iowa. We welcome new clients in working toward their recovery," Seasons Center CEO/President Kim Scorza said.

For a longer drive, Creative Living Center has locations in Sheldon, Hawarden, Sioux Center and Orange City (712)476-5245; Plains Area Mental Health has locations in Algona, Mason City, Charles City, Forest City, and Hampton (515)546-4624; and Transitional Services of Iowa serves Western Iowa at (515)255-0204.

No word yet on any organization to take over Compass Pointe's extensive tobacco, drug and alcohol prevention services. As recently as late March, area counties were considering tobacco prevention proposals from Compass Pointe. Jody Monroe of Compass Pointe, who was also director of the MOCSY (Making Optimal Choices for Successful Youth) program in Emmet County, said MOCSY will also disband due to Compass Pointe's closing. Compass Pointe was the eligible nonprofit organization supporting MOCSY's grant funding.



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