Advocacy & Laws
To learn more about the advocacy and public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their loved ones, and how NAMI is providing a strong voice on these issues, visit the following sections:
- Take Action! Legislative Action Center
- Mental Health Care Gets My Vote!
- Health Care Reform
- Criminalization and Criminal Justice Issues
Additional Policy Topics:
Learn about NAMI’s 2014 Federal Legislative Priorities.
Read about NAMI’s stance on Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717) and Representative Ron Barber’s Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act of 2014 (HR 4574).
Help NAMI speak out in support of everyone affected by mental illness. Learn more about the issues below, or visit the Advocacy Action Center to let your elected officials know where you stand.
Access to Medications information regarding the need for people with mental illnesses to have access to prescription medications without restrictions.
Children and Adolescents Issues related to the growing number of children with mental illnesses who are not appropriately served by the public health system.
Employment Explains the role of public disability programs in finding employment for people living with mental illness.
Evidence-Based and Promising Practices Information about effective mental health services and supports, including ACT, treatment for people with co-occurring disorders, peer support and more. This page is currently being updated; check back soon for expanded information. ACT—Assertive Community Treatment
Housing Information regarding the need for funding to create affordable housing for people living with mental illness.
Managed Care Explains issues such as the Patients’ Bill of Rights and other legislation that would provide non-discriminatory health coverage for all persons with mental illnesses.
Medicaid and Medicare Explores issues regarding the importance of Medicaid in funding treatment for people with mental illnesses who could otherwise not afford proper health care.
Mental Health Funding State and Federal Budget Issues
Mental Health Insurance Parity requires fair and equal coverage of mental health and substance use disorders, however, these laws do not apply to every plan and many do not require coverage. Explore the issues and know which laws affect your coverage.
SSI/SSDI Issues related to Supplemental Security Income(SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for individuals with mental illness.
Uninsured Information addressing the growing concerns about people living with serious mental illness who are uninsured.