Annual Day on the Hill

Welcome to Day on the Hill 2024

At our annual Day on the Hill we will be talking with legislators about our legislative agenda and asking for what we need in the field to do our best work. Please consider joining us for the whole day to learn about how to advocate, work from a grassroots start, and build confidence in your ability to communicate with your legislators. We can’t wait to work with you.

We have created a toolkit to assist in these efforts.  Read all about how to prepare for the day from how to talk to legislators to what to wear and where to park!

Schedule for the day:

7:30 AM Legislative Breakfast in the Legislative Dining room (G15 Ground Floor). There is an option to register for only this event if you would like. We would love to see you even if you are not able to make the full day’s events! This is a great way to dip your toe in the advocacy pool and get to know some of the legislators across Iowa.
9:00 AM Welcome – Starts in the Iowa Historical Building (Wild Rose Classroom – 3rd Floor) From NAMI – Ryan Crane, Executive Director, NAMI Iowa
9:10 AM Panel Discussion: Solutions to Support a Thriving Mental Health Workforce — James Hayes, Executive Director, Mind & Spirit Counseling Center; Kellee McCrory, Program Manager, Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative; Jason Haglund, Founding Member and Senior Consultant, Rural Policy Partners
10:15 AM Ripples of Hope: Community, Connection, and Change for Iowa Mental Health — Kalie VanBaale, author, professor, and mental healthcare advocate; and Leslie Carpenter, Legislative Advocacy Manager for the Treatment Advocacy Center, co-founder of Iowa Mental Health Advocacy, and NAMI Iowa Board member
11:15 AM Legislative How-To and Bill Watch List Review – Emily Piper (IMHCA and AAMFT Lobbyist) introduces tips and tricks to speaking with legislators, sharing your story, and the bill watch list. Discuss a strategy for the capitol.
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch – Grab and Eat in the Capitol Dining Room.
1:00 PM Advocacy – Talking with Legislators in the Rotunda
4:00 PM Social Hour – Meet at Republic on Grand, above the AC Marriott Hotel on East 3rd and Grand, for a social hour (you are not required to eat/drink, but are welcome to purchase your own food or beverage choices)
5:00 PM Summary of the day, thank you for attending, and conclusion. Socialize afterward. For those of you who need to work through the day, please join us after work for this event. There is an option to register for only this event if you would like. We would love to see you even if you are not able to make the full day’s events.


Registration: IMHCA Day on the Hill

Let us know that you will be joining our efforts for the day!

About You

Your Name(Required)
Your Address(Required)
We track this to track legislators from your area and help you to connect if needed.
What license do you currently hold (if any)?(Required)
What professional organizations are you a part of?
Write "I don't know" if you are unsure - we will help you on the day of or before get in contact with them.

How Can We Reach You?

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About the day

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We may order shirts for the day. They will be standard size and not specialty fits. Please let us know your size.
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