NAMI Advocacy Actions

NAMI works with policymakers to advance priority issues and ensure that the voice of people affected by mental illness is considered in policymaking. Read NAMI’s recent letters to federal leaders, submitted comments and testimony and other resources.

Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Maternal Mental Health
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership, requesting an increase in funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal Mental Health Hotline by $2 million dollars and the Screening and Treatment of Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program by $5 million dollars.
Advocacy Resource on American Rescue Plan Mental Health Wins
Advocacy resource on mental health provisions in the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.
Letter to SSA Commissioner on COVID-19 & Social Supports
Letter to SSA Commissioner Saul, urging the SSA to waiver all Social Security overpayments that arose during the pandemic automatically without requiring individuals to request waivers.
Letter to CDC Director on COVID-19
Letter to CDC Acting Director Walensky, urging the CDC to add serious mental illness to the list of health conditions that pose an increased risk to adults of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on COVID-19 & Telehealth
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors, expressing support for the Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act, which would require group health plans and health insurers to cover mental health and substance use disorder telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Letter to Representatives Napolitano and Katko, expressing support for the Mental Health Services for Students Act, which would provide $200M in competitive grants through SAMHSA’s Project AWARE for U.S. public schools to partner with local mental health professionals to establish on-site services.
Letter to HHS Secretary on Medicare & Medication Access
Letter to HHS Secretary-designee Becerra, expressing opposition to a proposal that would undermine key patient protections in Medicare's prescription drug program.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Nomination
Letter to Senate HELP Committee Leadership, expressing support for the nomination of Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid & Crisis Services
Letter to Congressional Leadership, expressing support for enhanced federal Medicaid support for community-based mobile crisis intervention services as currently included in the proposed American Rescue Plan Act for individuals experiencing mental health and substance-use disorder crises.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on Medicaid & Criminal Justice
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors, expressing support of the Medicaid Reentry Act, which would permit Medicaid to provide essential health care for people in incarcerated settings 30 days prior to their release.
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