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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Statement on Mental Health Workforce & Social Supports
10/28/2021
Public statement calling on Members of Congress to prioritize patients and caregivers, and ensure that a paid leave program is included in the Build Back Better Act.
Regulatory Comments to Biden Administration on Health Coverage
10/18/2021
Regulatory comments to Secretaries Walsh, Becerra, and Yellen, and Director Ahuja, providing comments on the Requirements Related to Air Ambulance Services, Agent and Broker Disclosures, and Provider Enforcement as part of the No Surprises Act.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Parity
10/15/2021
Letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership in response to request for stakeholder input, urging the Committee to make parity part of core efforts to address the ongoing national mental health and addiction crisis.
Letter to Senate Leadership on Parity
10/08/2021
Letter to Senators Bennet and Cornyn, in response to request for input, urging that parity is at the core of efforts to address the ongoing national mental health and addiction crisis.
Letter to Senate Leadership on Research & Treatment Innovation
10/08/2021
Letter to Senators Bennet and Cornyn, in response to request for input, urging the inclusion of incentives for adoption of behavioral health information technology in the forthcoming mental health package and supporting the investment in integrated care.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Mental Health Funding
09/29/2021
Letter to Majority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, expressing support for provisions within the Build Back Better Reconciliation legislation that will improve access to behavioral health services and strengthen the nation's health care safety net.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Children & Adolescent Mental Health
09/29/2021
Letter to Congressional Leadership, urging prioritization of the mental health and wellbeing of children and their families in the forthcoming budget reconciliation package.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Crisis Services
09/29/2021
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership, expressing support for S.1902, the Behavioral Health Crisis Services Expansion Act, which would provide support to develop and sustain crisis services across the country.
Letter to CDC Director on Covid-19
09/22/2021
Letter to CDC Director Walensky, asking for the inclusion of mental illnesses giving rise to increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 to the CDC’s list of medical conditions of heightened threat.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Mental Health Funding
09/20/2021
Letter to Senators Murray and Burr, Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, urging the committee to take up and pass S. 485, The Family Support Services for Addiction Act, which would provide $25 million in grant funding for family support services.
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