NAMI Northeast Iowa exists to provide support, education, and advocacy for all people affected by mental illness in our member counties (Allamakee, Winneshiek, Howard, Clayton, and Fayette). We work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates and with other stakeholders to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

We are a local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of people affected by mental illness. We do this by working to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, encouraging those with mental illness to seek treatment, and advocating policies and practices that encourage the development of equitable, community-based mental health services which empower active recovery.

Our volunteers are comprised of people with mental illness, family and community members, and professionals. We offer education and support in the community at no charge to the individual, their loved ones, schools, and the mental health care system.

NAMI Northeast Iowa programs inspire hope — hope that you and your loved ones experience the fullest level of recovery possible.

Contact Us

Voice: 563-293-6264


NAMI Northeast Iowa

PO Box 214

Decorah, IA 52101

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Board of Directors

Brita Carbonell, President & Local Advocacy Representative

Norman Friedrich, Vice-President

Jody Holland, Treasurer

Alicia Trout, Co-Secretary

Gary van Wert, Co-Secretary

Farrah Fritz

Pat Stevens

Courtney Adam

Merit Olsen

Bethany Ellingson

Standing Committees:

Education and Support: Norman Friedrich, chair

Volunteer Engagement:

Finances and Funding: Alicia Trout, chair

Outreach and Marketing:

Compliance: Alicia Trout, chair


Reference Documents (PDFs): 

NAMI Northeast Iowa Bylaws

Strategic Plan

Standards of Excellence