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Public Policy and Advocacy
NAMI Virginia’s ongoing advocacy work builds support for public policies to protect and improve mental health services, increase access to mental health services in the public and private sectors, and support effective recovery services for adults and children/adolescents with mental illness.
A recognized leader in advocacy in Virginia, we engage in sustained, ongoing campaigns by utilizing science-based research and information, developing and/or providing grassroots input into policies, building and participating in coalitions, and ensuring that the personal experience of those who have been affected by mental illness are part of the public policy and advocacy process.
We do not provide one-on-one advocacy, case management, counseling, legal resources/services, or client advocacy. If you are seeking assistance in that area try our Resources & Support Section for suggestions on how to find help.
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NAMI Virginia's Public Policy Overview and Key Issues
Legislative Action Center
Your voice makes a difference! And NAMI has made it easy to stay up-to-date and to let your elected representatives hear your voice on the issues that matter most to you.
- See our Legislative Action Center
- View current issues and alerts
- Sign up for the Legislative Action Center to receive periodic updates and action alerts
- Make a Difference by Telling Your Story
NAMI Virginia provides representation at the following coalitions, committees, commissions, and task forces:
- Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities
- Campaign for Children's Mental Health
- Healthcare for All Virginians
- DBHDS Systems Leadership Council
- DBHDS Creating Opportunities
- Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness Permanent Supportive Housing Coalition
- Virginia Mental Health Planning Council
- Coordinating Committee to Promote Use of Advance Directives by People with Mental Illness
- DBHDS Suicide Prevention Workgroup
- The Commonwealth Consortium for Mental Health/Criminal Justice Transformation
- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Workgroup on Recovery
- Commission on Mental Health Law Reform