Connections Program


Behavioral Health Coordinator with Iowa Lutheran Hospital Patients

The affiliation between Eyerly-Ball Community Mental Health Services and UnityPoint Health, Des Moines includes the development of a “connections” position at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Erin Richmond (LMSW - Mental Health Therapist at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services), the Behavioral Health Coordinator, accepts referrals from Iowa Lutheran’s Access Center and inpatient units for patients in need of continued care or follow-up services when they leave the hospital.


The Behavioral Health Coordinator works to make connections to community resources to better support those with mental health concerns during their daily living. Referrals to outpatient mental health services as well as service coordination, integrated health, or supportive-community living may be placed. Other responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Coordinator may include connecting individuals with transportation, housing, social support, primary care and dental care, vocational support, clothing, food pantries, victim services, etc.

For questions about the Behavioral Health Coordinator role at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, please contact Erin Richmond at