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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.


Do you have questions about the 2021 Advocacy Day?  Do you want to know what ot expect on February 18th when you meet with your legislators?  If so, the 2021 Advocacy Day Training Webinar is for you!  Get all the information you need to be a successful advocate.

Read the latest Legislative Advocacy Report.


2021 NAMI Maryland Public Policy Priorities:

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.

 

2021 NAMI Maryland Public Policy Platform:

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.

 

NAMI National's Policy Platform and Priorities:

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.

 

2020 Legislative Session Summary:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local afiliates 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 proactively pursued a number of legislative advocacy priorities this session, including the creation of a Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence to divert more individuals from the criminal justice system, pursing better access to crisis services for kids, and successfully advocating for a funding increase for behavioral health services and providers in Maryland.  We actively engaged on more than 40 individual bills and monitored approximately 95 pieces of legislation this session.

 

The following report outlines the legislative actions NAMI Maryland took to support the legislative advocacy priorities adopted by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors in late 2019.  Read more.

 

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