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Getting Involved to Create Change
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.
Interested in advocacy? Want to get involved? Here's how!
Meeting with an elected official... how does it happen? What do you say? How can you be the best advocate for mental health? We want to help answer these questions so that you are prepared and confident whether you are making a phone call, writing a letter, or meeting in-person with your elected officials.
- Visiting Elected Officials at the Virginia General Assembly
- Telling Your Story Effectively
- Five Tips for Effective Public Comment
- Hosting a Legislative "Meet & Greet"
- Advocacy: Get Involved!
- Visiting Your Legislators in Richmond? Make the most of your day.
- Lobby Day Information and Tips
- Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill (a publication of The Partnership for a More Perfect Union at the Congressional Management Foundation).
Virginia General Assembly - General Information
Knowledge is power... and it helps you be the most effective advocate possible. So take a few moments to make sure you are up to speed on the basics of the Virginia General Assembly.
- Virginia General Assembly website
- Who are your elected officials?
- How does a bill become a law in Virginia?
- How to track a bill in the Virginia General Assembly
- Click here for a powerpoint presentation from the Senate of Virginia website.
- Diagram of the budget process in Virginia.
- Room Numbers for the House of Delegates
- Room Numbers for Senators