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 Bill Sponsors on COVID-19 Research and Treatment Innovation
Letter to Representatives Tonko and Katko, expressing support for the reintroduction of H.R. 6645, the "COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act," which directs HHS to conduct or support research on the mental health consequences of COVID-19.
Comments to FCC Secretary on 988
Regulatory comments to Federal Communications Commission Secretary Marlene Dortch, urging the FCC to implement the necessary guidance and principles to provide for the effective, standardized, and secure collection of 988 service fees.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Mental Health Funding
Letter to House Appropriations Committee Leadership, requesting $3.75 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) in its mission to help people and communities prevent chronic diseases and promote health and wellness for all.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on Health Equity
Letter to Representatives Watson Coleman and Katko, expressing support for the reintroduction of the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act, which authorizes $805M in funding to support research, culturally appropriate providers, stigma-reduction outreach programs, and anti-bias provider training programs.
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.
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