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NAMI Iowa Praises Governor for Emphasis on Mental Health Funding In Condition of the State

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The executive director of the state’s leading mental health advocacy organization praised Gov. Kim Reynolds’ mention of creating a “dedicated and stable source” of funding for adult and children’s mental health services during her Condition of the State address today.

“I was encouraged to hear again the governor’s care and concern for the tens of thousands of Iowans affected by mental illness, many of whom are now unable to get appropriate help,” said Peggy Huppert. “After two years of passing progressive policy initiatives, she promised last year to address the funding crisis. She has put forward a proposed solution, and I applaud her for that.”

The governor unveiled the “Invest in Iowa Act” during her speech, which aims to fund I-WILL and mental health while cutting income tax rates and reducing property tax burdens.

Two other notable aspects of her speech were the need to increase telehealth services, especially for behavioral health and in schools, and her Second Chance initiative. That initiative includes restoration of felon voting rights and efforts to reduce recidivism by eliminating barriers returning citizens face to living successful lives in their communities. Since half of incarcerated Iowans have a mental health diagnosis, understanding and treating their illness is a key to success. Those are goals that NAMI Iowa shares.

“I look forward to learning more details about the governor’s proposal very soon,” said Huppert.

For additional information or comments contact:

Peggy Huppert, NAMI Iowa Executive Director, 515-254-0417 (office); 515-822-3089 (cell); peggy@namiiowa.org

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