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       Heartland Assistance Programs

"...Imagine what would happen if churches were equipped to effectively serve as front doors to mental health care?"

- Matthew Stanford, PhD., Grace For The Afflicted

Heartland Assistance Programs (HAP)


What is HAP?

HAP is a partnership program that aims to provide your organization with psychological services that can be tailored to the needs of your employees or those you service.


HAP's Mission

To provide professional counseling resources to the local community.  We believe that in doing so, those around us will be empowered to address mental health needs within their own circles.

Membership Fees

Please give our office a call to discuss applicable fees.  All treatment services remain confidential.  

Scope of Services Within HAP

Mental Health Liaison: A Heartland Christian Counseling clinician will be assigned to your organization to provide mental health consultation to staff in addressing concerns that may arise.

Three Professional Presentations/Trainings: HAP members can work with their liaison to coordinate and schedule up to 3 mental health presentations.  As an organization you would be granted the option of selecting the topic of the presentation and scheduling the date.

Referral Information: HAP members will receive information to guide them in providing resources to the congregation for mental health services including crisis services, substance abuse recovery services, local support groups, etc.

How to Enroll in HAP

Step 1: Identify the mental health needs within your organization.  Review the information on this page to determine if HAP would be beneficial to your organization.

Step 2: Contact Heartland to request a meet and greet (optional) with your potential Heartland liaison.  Our liaison will reach out to you directly to set up a meet and greet.

Step 3: If your facility wants to proceed, notify the Heartland liaison.  A one hour meeting will then be scheduled between the liaison and representative of your facility's leadership.  During this meeting the HAP contract will be reviewed and tailored to the needs of your organization.

Additional Resources on HAP

Check out our powerpoint from our 2019 Pastors Lunch and Learn.  Below are some additional printable resources for more information on HAP.

-Pastoral Lunch & Learn Presentation

-Frequently Asked Questions

-HAP Referral Form  (Click for online form)


When enrolling in the Heartland Assistance Program, you will be directed to our HAP liaison.  Contact us at 641.628.9599 if you would like more information on our Heartland Assistance Programs.

We Have Four Types of Assistance Opportunities

Church Assistance

Examples of Services

  • Services may include a church consultation and counseling for staff and congregation. 

  • One Sunday On-site: Heartland Christian Counseling will provide expertise and staff for a mental health Sunday.  HAP members can decide the format.  Examples include: A booth with information, a special morning class, a full Sunday service to include worship and a speaker.

School Assistance

Examples of Services

  • Heartland Christian Counseling contracts with area schools to give students access to counseling at no cost. 

  • Students and employees from these schools may have three free counseling sessions per the contract.  If the client wishes to continue counseling after three sessions, Heartland will bill his or her private insurance. 

  • To inquire further about HAP contracts, please call the Pella office at 641.628.9599 or the Des Moines office at 515.331.0303.

Employee Assistance

Examples of Services

  • Heartland Christian Counseling contracts with local businesses to give the business employees free or reduced-fee therapy sessions.

  • To inquire about contracting with Heartland or using the HAP sessions, call our Pella office at 641.628.9599 or our West Des Moines office at 515.331.0303.

Ministry Assistance

Examples of Services

  • Heartland Christian Counseling contracts with local ministry organizations to connect ministry employees and those who utilize their services to our facility.  

  • To inquire about contracting with Heartland, call our Pella office at 641.628.9599 or our West Des Moines office at 515.331.0303.

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