IMHCA welcomes new state lobbyist!


IMHCA is excited to announce we have a new lobbyist representing us at the state level. At this time, IMHCA would also like to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent work of our previous lobbyist, Emily Piper, for the past ten years.

Our new lobbyist is Renee Schulte at Schulte Consulting, LLC!

Renee Schulte has over 20 years of leadership experience in the mental health field at the national, state, and provider levels. Her work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique understanding of the complexities in this area. Renee is nationally recognized for her expertise in behavioral heath policy, system design, policy and financial analysis, and strategic consulting.

As a licensed mental health therapist, Renee has worked in many levels of care including psychiatric hospital, child welfare, and therapeutic foster care. Prior to her election to public office, Renee served on the National Violence Against Women task force in the Bush administration. As a legislator, she spearheaded the passage of mental health redesign in Iowa creating a regional system from an original 99 county system. She began Schulte Consulting, LLC in 2012.

As a consultant Renee has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation and regulations. She has also used her expertise and unique background in government relations and consulting for both non-profit and for-profit providers of healthcare services. She has taught at multiple colleges and universities in the psychology department, encouraging the next generation to join in this important work. She and her husband, Brent currently reside in Urbandale, Iowa.

Renee’s Personal Message for IMHCA members: “I am honored to represent IMHCA at the Statehouse this year, as a long time member of IMHCA I understand the challenges facing our community. I look forward to working with the public policy team to protect our license and advance our legislative agenda.”