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.

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Letter to Congressional Leadership on 2022 Year-End Priorities
11/18/2022
Letter to Congressional leadership urging prioritization of crisis services funding and policy changes to cover crisis services in Medicaid and Medicare in any 2022 year-end package.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicare and Crisis Services
11/15/2022
Letter to Congressional leadership, urging the enactment of Medicare mobile crisis intervention services in the Medicare program in the end-of-the-year legislative package.
Regulatory Comment to HHS Secretary on Medicaid & Criminal Justice
11/15/2022
Regulatory comments to HHS Secretary Becerra, commenting in favor of New Hampshire's Medicaid waiver extension request.
Letter to DEA Administrator and US Attorney General on Medication Access, Telehealth and COVID-19
11/11/2022
Letter to Attorney General Garland and DEA Administrator Milgram, urging action to ensure patients are able to continue receiving treatment where and when they need it once the PHE ends and until the promulgation of the Special Registration for Telemedicine Rules.
Letter to President Biden on Research and Innovation
11/07/2022
Letter to President Biden, urging the Administration to convene a summit of stakeholders from across the health care system to identify immediate and long-term solutions on the issue of emergency room boarding.
Regulatory Comment to Biden Administration on Medicaid
11/07/2022
Regulatory comments to CMS, on the proposed rule, Streamlining the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Program Application, Eligibility Determination, Enrollment, and Renewal Processes.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Social Supports
11/03/2022
Letter to Congressional leadership, urging immediate action to assure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has the resources it needs through the FY23 President’s budget request to restore staffing after two years of record-high attrition.
Regulatory Comment to CMS Administrator on COVID-19 & Medicaid
10/27/2022
Regulatory comments to CMS Administrator Brooks-Lasure, urging CMS to rescind 42 CFR §433.400 and no longer allow states to reduce Medicaid benefits or modify beneficiary cost-sharing while the state receives the enhanced FMAP.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Social Supports
10/18/2022
Letter to Congressional leadership urging passage of the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act, which would help college students with disabilities better access needed disability services.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on Criminal Justice
10/14/2022
Letter to Representatives Bass, Issa, Trone, and Chabot in support of H.R.8637, the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act of 2022, which would direct the U.S. Attorney General to develop training curricula to help educate law enforcement officers and covered mental health professionals about how best to respond to behavioral health crises.
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