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NAMI Virginia’s ongoing advocacy work builds support for public policies to protect and improve mental health services, increases access to mental health services in the public and private sectors and supports 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.

2021 Legislative Advocacy Kickoff Checklist:

NAMI Virginia’s Public Policy Overview and Key Issues

2020 Special Session Bill Tracking Chart – Updated 10/15/20

Read our Principles on Police and Mental Health

Review our 2020 Legislative Priorities

Learn more about our key policy issues.

Read our principles on system transformation.

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2019 NAMI Member’s Legislative Priorities

Every year, NAMI Virginia sends our members a survey on what they want to see NAMI advocate for in the upcoming legislative session. Below is a summary of the survey’s findings:

2019 Membership Survey Summary

We also have a summary of findings from the 2016-2018 surveys here.

NAMI Virginia and its advocacy leaders provide or have provided representation at the following coalitions, committees, commissions, and task-forces:

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