Advocacy Makes a Difference
Advocacy Makes a Difference! NAMI Maryland is a strong voice on mental illness, carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.
Our work doesn't end once the votes are tallied. Join NAMI Maryland and our partners at Compass Government Relations for a special training webinar Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at 10:00 am: The Election and Mental Health Advocacy! This webinar will discuss our new policy and advocacy priorities, teh election, and how it will affect mentla health advocacy for the year. Register now!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local affiliates represent a statewide network of more than 58,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community. Click here for the public policy priorities for NAMI Maryland for 2023.
The Public Policy Platform and resolutions published by NAMI Maryland and formally approved by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors, provide direction and guidance to the NAMI affiliates and stakeholders on a wide range of policy issues. This is a living document, reflective of specific policy and advocacy issues in Maryland and complimentary to the national Public Policy Platform available below. Read our full Public Policy Platform here.
Want to know what to expect for 2023? Take a look at our session information from 2022 below!
2022 Legislative Session:
Maryland's 90-day legislative session began with a lot of uncertainty due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 3,114 bills introduced over the course of the session, it was a busy final year before election season. Governor Larry Hogan is erm limited and cannot run again, but tough primary fights are shaping up for both Democratic and Republican contenders. The Maryland General Assembly is up for election too, and between retirements and redistricting, we anticipate some significant turnover in both chambers.
2022 Legislative Session Trainings:
2022 Legislative Session Reports and Bill Factsheets:
- Legislative Session Report #1
- Strengthening Mental Health Crisis Response in Maryland (HB 129/SB 12)
- Legislative Session Report #2
The Public Policy Platform articulates where NAMI stands on issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.
Recent Press Releases:
- 11/18/21: NAMI Statement on the Decision of FCC to Require Text-to-988
- 11-15-21: As Launch of 988 Mental Health Crisis Number Looms, NAMI Poll Finds Broad Support for the System and Fees to Fund it, Opposition to Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
- 10-7-21: Young Adults with Mood Disorders Often Not Receiving Mental Health Care, Survey Finds
- 10-5-21: Communities of Color Face Greater Challenges Finding Effective Therapy, National Survey Finds