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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Advocates Rally in Iowa to Prioritize Mental Health in 2020 Election

October 10, 2019 | Mental Health | Comments
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Last month the National Council joined the Mental Health for US Coalition and local advocates in Des Moines, IA to present a joint platform on mental health priorities for the 2020 election cycle. The event is a kick-off to a multi-state and national campaign to educate policymakers and elevate the role of mental health policy solutions among all candidates for President of the United States. The next event, a Town Hall, will be taking place in Manchester, NH on December 16th, 2019.


The National Council is proud to be a coalition leader for the nonpartisan Mental Health for US movement that includes over 65 organizations from around the country. The Coalition released a full policy platform focused on three main pillars: prevention, access and intervention, and recovery. The platform specifically outlines key areas for investment including suicide and overdose prevention, decriminalizing mental illness and increasing crisis services, and expanding the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration. Earlier this year as a part of the coalition initiative, Presidential Candidates were surveyed on their plans to improve mental health and addiction care in America, if elected.


Advocates and community leaders in Iowa rallied around the key pillars of the Mental Health for US platform while hearing local individuals with lived experience share their stories. Attendees engaged in meaningful Q&A around how to resolve the biggest issues of behavioral health and how to effectively advocate to Presidential campaigns about the importance of these issues. Watch a recording of the event via Facebook.


National Council, Mental Health for US and local leaders in New Hampshire have started laying the groundwork for the Unite for Mental Health: New Hampshire Town Hall taking place December 16, 2019. Preliminary invitations have been sent to all candidates for President of the United States polling at one percent or above via RealClearPolitics to date. Stay tuned to Capitol Connector for more information, and take a moment to sign the Statement of Support to show candidates that mental health matters in the national debate.