Family Member Support - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
Family Member Support - NAMI - Greater Des Moines

Family Member Support

Family Member Support Groups - See "Get Help" on this website


Circle of Care:  A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers  (Nov 2017)


Starting the Conversation:  College and your Mental Health (Aug 2016) - developed with the JED Foundation

HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Illness - click here

Among other points, the new clarifications address when HIPAA permits health care providers to:

  • Communicate with a patient’s family members, friends, or others involved in the patient’s care;
  • Communicate with family members when the patient is an adult;
  • Consider the patient’s capacity to agree or object to the sharing of their information;
  • Involve a patient’s family members, friends, or others in dealing with patient failures to adhere to medication or other therapy;
  • Communicate with family members, law enforcement, or others when the patient presents a serious and imminent threat of harm to self or others.

Children's Rights

Youth Law Center   
Middleton Center for Children's Rights

Children's Mental Health - Medicaid Assistance

If your child is on the Children's Mental Health Wait list and your child is not covered by Medicaid Title 19, there is another coverage they may qualify for: Medicaid for kids with special needs. To qualify, your family income must be no more that 300% of the poverty level (for Title 19 eligibility requires no more that 195%.) So those that do not quality to Title 19 might qualify to Medicaid for Special Needs: click here

How to Be Your Own Best Advocate: A Guide on How to Navigate Managed Care in Iowa

Hobbies and Activities for Special Needs

Resources for Traveling with Disabilities

Iowa Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

RESTORE - a program for persons after experiencing their first episode of psychosis - here in Des Moines
NAMI - Early Psychosis - for Families and Stakeholders
NAMI - Early Psychosis - What's Going on? - for Youth and Adults
NAMI - Early Psychosis - Tipsheet for Staff and Coaches
NAMI - Early Psychosis - Tipsheet - Encouraging People to Seek Help

Signs of Trauma in Children
Helping Children Cope With Grief
Coping with a Parent's Suicide

Iowa Guardianship and Conservatorship



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