Advocacy Makes a Difference!
NAMI Maryland is a strong voice on mental illness, carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.
On January 9th, 2019, the General Assembly gaveled in for its 439th legislative session. The linked report outlines the advocacy priorities adopted by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors in late 2018 and includes the majority of bills NAMI Maryland worked on - whether it was a NAMI Maryland top priority, offering testimony through legislative meetings, or coalition support - we actively engaged on close to 40 individuals bills and monitored approximately 80 pieces of legislation. You can see the full legislation list here.
Please read our 2019 Public Policy Platform to learn more about NAMI Maryland's policy objectives and positions that support our goal of ensuring that individuals with mental illness and their families are able to access quality, affordable and comprehensive mental health treatment, prevention and recovery services throughout Maryland.
At NAMI Maryland, we are acutely aware that access to comprehensive, quality mental health care can improve the lives of the more than one million Marylanders affected by mental illness. It is well pastdue that Maryland’s elected officials and decision-makers make a genuine and sustainable investment in accessible and quality behavioral health inpatient and outpatient treatment and services. We all know too well that the high cost of not treating mental illness vastly exceeds the cost of treatment.
Latest Advocacy Alert:
Do you have a loved one who struggles with a mental illness that leads them to be hospitalized? Do they need help connecting or staying connected to outpatient mental health services? There is a program that may be able to help them.
The Outpatient Civil Commitment (OCC) Program is a pilot program in Baltimore City that assists people who are not well-connected to mental health services get connected and stay connected to care. There is no cost for this program, and it does not matter what type of insurance you have. Many people choose to participate in the program voluntarily, but there is a path for involuntary admission into the program for those who qualify.
To learn more, click the link above. You can also contact Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-735-8574 for more information.
The OCC program is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland, the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD), and Bon Secours.