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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.

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