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.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local affiliates represent a statewide network of more than 53,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community. Click here for the public policy priorities for NAMI Maryland for 2021.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local affiliates across the state represent a statewide network of more than 53,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. NAMI Maryland is dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community. NAMI Maryland advocates for the public and private resources needed to ensure the availability, accessibility, and quality of comprehensive mental health treatment, prevention and recovery services throughout the state of Maryland, as well as research aimed toward the ultimate prevention, treatment and cure of behavioral health disorders. Read our full Public Policy Platform here.
The Public Policy Platform articulates where NAMI stands on issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.
2021 Legislative Session Summary:
Maryland's 90-day legislative session began with a lot of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our presiding officers, Senat President Bill Feguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones, worked all interim on health and safty protocols, incredible technology upgrades and some significant tweaks to the legislative process. Aside from the legislators, press, and a few select staff, the State House complex was closed to lobbyists, advocates, and the general public. Going virtual meant that Compass lobbyists and clients zoomed in to testify in bill hearings, attend work sessions, and meet with legislators.
Overall, this was a good year for behavioral health policy and funding during the legislative session. Tragically, it has taken a pandemic to truly highlight the necessity of resourcing crisis services, pushing for telehealth accessibility and addressing racial health disparities.
Recent Press Releases:
- 11/18/21: NAMI Statement on the Decision of FCC to Require Text-to-988
- 11-15-21: As Launch of 988 Mental Health Crisis Number Looms, NAMI Poll Finds Broad Support for the System and Fees to Fund it, Opposition to Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
- 10-7-21: Young Adults with Mood Disorders Often Not Receiving Mental Health Care, Survey Finds
- 10-5-21: Communities of Color Face Greater Challenges Finding Effective Therapy, National Survey Finds