Purpose of the Public Policy Platform

The purpose of this public policy platform is to provide direction and guidance on policy issues affecting people living with a mental illness to the NAMI Board and NAMI staff, as well as to our state organizations and affiliates, and to inform the general public. NAMI advocates for all people and families who are living with mental illness.

NAMI strategically focuses on serious mental illnesses and underserved populations, e.g. people who are difficult to engage in treatment, homeless, involved in the criminal justice system and/or veterans or military personnel. At the same time, NAMI strongly embraces the principle of recovery and believes that all mental health and related services and supports should be provided with the goal of helping individuals achieve recovery and resiliency in their lives. As with other medical decisions, people living with mental illness should be integrally involved in decisions about their own treatment and supports.

NAMI also looks to the future, by advocating for research into the causes, cures and treatment of mental illness and by actively working to engage youth, young adults and their families, including youth with emerging mental health conditions. The Public Policy Platform will articulate where NAMI stands on all issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.