Pictured L to R: Anne Starr, Orchard Place CEO, Lisa Schneider, and Senator Charles Schneider
Orchard Place congratulates Senator Charles Schneider, as this year’s winner of the Voice for Children award. Senator Schneider of West Des Moines is the President of the Iowa Senate. He was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, and he has been the President of the Senate since 2018.
During his time in the Iowa Senate, Senator Schneider has been a leader on issues related to children’s mental health. Earlier this year, he sponsored Senate File 270, which requires high school health education curriculum to include material on mental health awareness, coping skills, and suicide prevention. Additionally, he supported House File 690, which creates a children’s mental health system that lays the groundwork for a system of services, including mobile crisis and dispatch
The Voice for Children award is given annually to one Republican and one Democrat at the Orchard Place Thanksgiving luncheon.
Congratulations Senator Schneider! Thank you for working to improve the lives of kids and families we serve.