Who are The Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery?
The Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery(IAMHR or Iowa Advocates) was founded seven years ago, in April of 2007. Our mission is to “create opportunities for advancing hope and recovery for all by transforming our community and the mental health system it reflects to one of respect and trust by educating, advocating, and empowering.”
Currently IAMHR serves over 700 people in recovery through direct membership and an estimated 50,000 people through indirect service such as education, advocacy, and social inclusion efforts. IAMHR is comprised almost entirely, but not exclusively, of adults in recovery. The organization accepts members with diverse histories and interests in recovery, and these persons include a small percentage of family members of persons in recovery, family members of children with serious emotional difficulties, and other persons committed to consumer-driven, recovery-oriented systems transformation.
Historically, IAMHR has operated primarily as a grant-funded project-based organization with a volunteer board of directors providing continuity of vision and mission along with oversight and monitoring of individual contracts.
Today the Iowa Advocates are responsible for oversight for the Office of Consumer Affairs with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).
News & Information
Summer 2013 - The Iowa Advocates won funding awards from the federal government for two projects, Project CREATE (website in development) and The Recovery League. Both projects are designed to expand support, education and hope for young adults and other Iowans experiencing mental/emotional distress, substance abuse or addictions, and/or other significant life stressors.