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NAMI Iowa Day On The Hill

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Holiday Inn Des Moines Dtwn - Mercy Area

1050 6th Avenue

Suite 229

Des Moines, IA 50314

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Join advocates from around the state for a day of education and inspiration


8:30 – Check-in opens

9:00-9:45 – How to Lobby: Advocacy Training for First-Time Advocates

9:45-10:00 – Break

10:00-10:10 – Welcome, Overview of Legislative Priorities, and How to Stay Involved with NAMI Iowa Advocacy Efforts

10:10-10:55 – Speaker #1 (TBD)

10:55-11:00 – Break

11:00-11:30 – Speaker #2 (TBD)

11:30-12:15 – Speaker #3 (TBD)

12:15-1:00 – Lunch at Holiday Inn

12:45-1:15 – Busing available to Capitol

1:15-3:15 – Lobbying at Capitol

3:00 – Group Photo on Staircase

3:00-3:30 – Busing available to Holiday Inn

3:30-4:00 – Dessert & De-Briefing

General Admission - $45

Early Bird Ticket - $30 (ends February 12, 2019)

Scholarship Ticket - $10

Ticket price includes:

  • Coffee & tea before the program (breakfast not provided)
  • Deli buffet lunch
  • Transportation to and from the Capitol
  • Materials
  • Access to advocacy training webinar on March 5

Ticket sales will end at 12 PM on March 11, 2019.


I’ve never advocated for mental health before. Will there be any help?

Yes! We welcome those who are new to the lobbying to join us. We need your voices! To help new advocates, we will be holding a “How to Lobby” training the morning of the event to teach you the basics. You’ll learn tips and tricks to get a hold of legislators when at the Capitol and what to say. We’ll even practice with some role-playing exercises.

In addition, we will be holding a webinar-based presentation of NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, the national program for grassroots advocacy training. This will be done on March 5 at 12 PM and will last approximately 45 minutes. The presentation will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for those unable to join that day. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to attendees after registering.

I’ve advocated up at the Capitol before. Do I need to attend the “How to Lobby” training at 9:00?

The choice is yours. All attendees are welcome to participate, but we understand that some attendees may wish to skip this session and arrive later in the morning. We ask all attendees to evaluate their comfort level and skill set with lobbying when deciding whether to participate in the training. Check-in will remain open until 10:00 for those wishing to come later.

Is there reimbursement for mileage?
Carpool to save money! NAMI Iowa will pay your mileage if:

  • You have at least 4 people in your car
  • Drive 60 or more miles to the event
  • Just tell us who was in your car, where you came from and your total mileage. We will reimburse up to $100 per car.

Please reach out to NAMI Iowa for further details on mileage reimbursement.

Is there a scholarship available?
Yes, there are a limited number of scholarship tickets available. Scholarships are available for peers and family members with limited incomes. The registration cost is reduced to $10, plus a processing fee for EventBrite. Please select a scholarship ticket at checkout and follow the directions to purchase your ticket and complete a scholarship application. Scholarship recipients are also eligible for a hotel stipend.

Are there hotel rooms available?
Hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn cost $111 per night and are subject to availability. Reservations must be completed by the attendee. NAMI Iowa does not have a room block. Call 515-283-0151 to reserve.

Hotel stipends of $50 per person are available for those who qualify for a scholarship ticket. To receive the stipend, please reach out to NAMI Iowa staff before booking a room.

What is the refund policy?

Registrations can be refunded up to 7 days prior to the event. Refund requests can be submitted through Eventbrite. After this time, NAMI Iowa is unable to provide refunds, including for cases of inclement weather on the day of the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please call the NAMI Iowa office at 515-254-0417 or email zach@namiiowa.org

Note: We respectfully ask those electing to carry a firearm to conceal their weapon during the event to create a comfortable environment for all attendees.

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Holiday Inn Des Moines Dtwn - Mercy Area

1050 6th Avenue

Suite 229

Des Moines, IA 50314

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Refund Policy

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