Jodi Best, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
RN Diploma Program, St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Sioux City, IA 1986
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA 1994
Master of Science in Nursing, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City IA 2007
Certification for Family Nurse Practitioner ANCC, 2007
Certification for Child/Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC, 2010
As a RN I worked in pediatrics and the NICU. As an ARNP I worked for Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), helping children with special needs and their families. I was introduced to Children’s' Mental Health through my work at CHSC and quickly found my calling.
Worked at Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), then Siouxland Mental Health Center (SMHC) before and after my time at Rosecrance Jackson Centers (RJC).
CHSC gave me the opportunity to help children with special needs including mental health and developmental disabilities: ADHD, ODD, MDD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other learning disabilities. I gained a good understanding of special education processes including IEPs and 504 plans after working closely with school districts and AEA teams through CHSC.
I then transitioned to SMHC, continuing to serve children and adolescents struggling with mental health. I prescribe medication(s) to treat conditions that l have diagnosed. One of my strengths is that I always spend time with the parents, helping them better understand behavioral management, coping skills and other communication strategies.
I left SMHC specifically to join Dr. Richard Brown at RJC, formerly Jackson Recovery Centers, with the opening of the Adolescent Stabilization and Assessment Unit (ASAU) opened. This experience gave me a critical understanding of trauma and mental health crisis that adolescents face.
RJC also introduced me to substance abuse and addiction medicine as well as medication assisted treatment (MAT). I provided inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health services to mainly adolescents and women living with their children. This was a major change for me, as I traditionally have only worked with adolescents. I also helped cover the adult men and women units as needed. My experience working at RJC is invaluable as I have a strong passion for people and families fighting the disease of addiction, often with mental health challenges and trauma.
With my return to SMHC I have focused on primarily working with children and adolescents and their families. I offer parent/family support through education and counseling. I continue to help adult patients when my expertise matches their needs.
Areas of expertise: ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, autism spectrum, developmental disorders, ODD, behavioral disorders, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, MAT.