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Improving the lives of families and individuals in Sarasota and Manatee counties impacted by mental illness requires our government agencies and elected officials to become champions for legislation that impacts the mental health system. NAMI brings the perspective of the family and the person living with mental illness directly to policymakers, and educates elected officials to prioritize policy decisions that ensure quality services and enhance recovery for the mental health in our community.

Support Action Through Policy Change

Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI advocates for an array of issues including:

  • Securing better funding for research.
  • Protecting access to treatments and services.
  • Attaining mental health parity to ensure that mental illness is treated equally to physical illness in most insurance plans.

NAMI maintains an active presence in the U.S. Capitol on priority issues with relationships on both sides of the aisle. NAMI also has a strong presence in all 50 states, advocating for state laws, as well as county and local policies that will ensure that people get the help they need.

NAMI Policy Platform

The public policy platform provides direction and guidance on policy issues affecting people living with a mental illness to the NAMI Board, NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates, and NAMI staff and helps to inform the general public.

For more information on NAMI policy please visit

NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties is a partner in the Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, focused on legislative policy related to mental health in Florida.

The FLMHAC is hosting a series of educational seminars regarding the legislative process. The first seminar was August 24th – Understanding the Legislative Process – 101

FMHC Training 1 of 3

FLMHAC Announces and Invites You to:

Educational Webinar #2

by Adam J. Roberts, Lobbyist for Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition and Director of Communications
Appalachee Center, Inc.

This second webinar will focus on understanding legislation (the different versions of bills, committees, and councils), contacting legislators and how to effectively communicate with them, the budget process, and finally the Executive Branch.

You will be able to ask questions during the webinar, and the webinar will be recorded and placed on the FMHAC website:


WHEN: Thursday, 10/1/20, 4-5:00pm


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Mark your calendars for Educational Webinar #3:

Thursday, 10/29/20 at 4pm.



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