NAMI Day on the Hill


My name is Craig Matzke, retired Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant and former Instructor at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to my departure from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, I began serving on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Iowa Board of Directors. My goal in joining NAMI Iowa was to bring a law enforcement perspective to the mental health discussion. Iowa’s mental health system is in need of repair and no one knows this more than Iowa Law Enforcement.

Law Enforcement is on the frontline in dealing with persons who are experiencing a mental health crisis and the families touched by mental illness. Members of law enforcement met with Director Chuck Palmer of the Department of Human Services to voice their concerns. As a result of that meeting proposals were sent to the legislature through the Department of Human Services to address issues concerning individuals with complex mental health needs.

NAMI Iowa needs and wants to continue our partnership with law enforcement to bring needed changes in our mental health system. From alternatives to incarceration, involuntary hospitalization and sub-acute facilities. We need your help! We need your voices! We need you to attend the NAMI Iowa Day on the Hill to put forth our collective voices to say that we want change and lives are at stake!

2017 Day on the Hill

Wednesday March 29th in Des Moines

Join us for a day of education and inspiration. Register for the event and learn more details! Registration Deadline is March 23rd!!