Leslie Carpenter

Leslie Carpenter

Leslie Carpenter is co-founder of Iowa Mental Health Advocacy, Iowa City, and a longtime advocate for people with serious brain disorders.


Iowa’s mental illness treatment system is not fixed yet, especially for children

By: - January 26, 2023

As the third week of the Iowa legislative session winds down, it seems that the urgency of the past few sessions to address mental health care in Iowa has faded. Many policymakers seem to feel that much work has been done in this space, and they are ready to move on to other priorities. In […]


Iowa needs to fund solutions for people living with brain illnesses

By: - January 17, 2021

Brain illnesses are no-fault illnesses. They are not caused by bad parents or cell phones or video games. No one wakes up in the morning and wants to get a brain illness and no one deserves a brain illness. Mental illness is a brain-based illness, just as diabetes is a pancreas-based illness. The very least […]


How can we end atrocities at Glenwood Resource Center? Here are some solutions

By: - July 23, 2020

The Iowa Department of Human Services is trying to find placements “in the community” for intellectually disabled residents now living at the Glenwood Resource Center. Many people believe this will prevent atrocities like the ones highlighted by Iowa Capital Dispatch. Sadly, the reality is that there are not enough community placements for people who need […]

Governor signs mental health legislation

Iowa needs money for mental health care. Here’s one place to get it.

By: - January 7, 2020

Over the last two legislative sessions, many have worked to improve the treatment of adults and children who suffer from mental illnesses in Iowa.  The recommendations of workgroups yielded bills that legislators overwhelmingly passed, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law. These laws call for enhancing the continuum of care for adults with complex mental […]