CAMHI4Kids advocates for a children's mental health system in Iowa. 

mental health imageChildren with strong mental health are equipped to develop important skills that begin in early childhood. Mental health is connected to social, emotional, and cognitive development and is the foundation for a healthy life, healthy community, and healthy state. When we ensure children’s mental health needs are met, they are more likely to perform better in school, graduate, and become healthy, productive adults in our community.

CAMHI4Kids supports the development of a children’s behavioral health system that includes a multi-tiered system of:

  • Prevention, early identification, early intervention and community prevention
  • Comprehensive crisis services
  • Behavioral health treatment
  • Community-based flexible support services

Advocacy Agenda

Learn more about our Legislative agenda for the annual state legislative session. 

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CAMHI4Kids Partners 


  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Candeo
  • Central Iowa Community Services
  • Clive Behavioral Health Community
  • Health Partners Community Support
  • Advocates CROSS Region
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
  • Mosaic in South Central Iowa
  • Polk County Decategorization
  • Polk County Health Services
  • Polk County Medical Society
  • Primary Health Care, Inc.
  • Project IOWA
  • South Central Behavioral Health Region
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • United Way of Story County
  • Warren County Health Services
  • Young Women's Resource Center
  • Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)
  • Youth Homes of Mid-America


  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
  • Counseling and Family Centered Services
  • Families First Counseling Services
  • Family Resources
  • Nurturing Families Community Partnership for Protecting Children
  • Otto Schoitz Foundation
  • Southeast Iowa Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
  • Tanager Place
  • The Arc of East Central Iowa
  • United Way of Clinton County, Iowa
  • United Way of East Central Iowa
  • United Way of Muscatine
  • Van Buren County SAFE Coalition
  • Vera French Community Mental Health Center


  • Boys and Girls Home and Family Services
  • CHI Health Mercy Hospital
  • First Resources Corporation
  • Heartland Family Services
  • Midwest Christian Services
  • Northwest Iowa Care Connections
  • Plains Area Mental Health, Inc.
  • Rolling Hills Community Services Region
  • Seasons Center
  • Southern Hills Regional Mental Health
  • Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services Region
  • United Way of Siouxland
  • Wesco Industries
  • A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Iowa Chapter
  • Blank Children's Hospital
  • Catholic Charities
  • Child and Family Policy Center
  • Child Health Specialty Clinics
  • Children and Families of Iowa
  • ChildServe
  • Coalition for Family and Children's Services in Iowa
  • EveryStep Care and Support Services
  • Foundation 2 Crisis Services
  • Four Oaks Family and Children's Services
  • Genesis Development
  • Hillcrest Family Services
  • Iowa ACEs 360
  • Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Iowa Association of Community Providers
  • Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Iowa Behavioral Health Association
  • Iowa Chapter of Children Advocacy Centers
  • Iowa Hospital Association
  • Iowa Mental Health Planning Council
  • Iowa Primary Care Association
  • Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Mercy Children's Hospital and Clinics
  • NAMI Iowa
  • National Association of Social Workers - Iowa Chapter
  • Navigate Wellbeing
  • Orchard Place
  • Please Pass the Love
  • Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
  • REM Iowa
  • United Ways of Iowa
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • YSS

For more information, please contact Erin Drinnin, co-chair of the coalition.