2024 Action Alerts
Advocacy Makes a Difference
Advocacy Makes a Difference! NAMI Maryland is a strong voice on mental illness, carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local affiliates represent a statewide network of more than 58,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community. Click here for the public policy priorities for NAMI Maryland for 2024.
The Public Policy Platform and resolutions published by NAMI Maryland and formally approved by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors, provide direction and guidance to the NAMI affiliates and stakeholders on a wide range of policy issues. This is a living document, reflective of specific policy and advocacy issues in Maryland and complimentary to the national Public Policy Platform available below. Read our full 2024 Public Policy Platform here.
Save the Date - the 2024 Virtual Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024!
Each year, NAMI Maryland hosts an Advocacy Day during the legislative session. This is your chance to #Act4MentalHealth right here in our state and virtually meet with your local legislators in group meetings with other advocates.
- Register for Advocacy Day by Tuesday, January 30th, 2024
- Materials (talking points, meeting backgrounds, relevant bills, etc.) will be delivered via email to all NAMI affiliates and all registrants on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 so all advocates will have the weekend to review before Advocacy Day
Not sure what to expect? Take a look at our "End of Session Report" and additional materials from last year's Advocacy Day below.
2023 End of Session Report
Over 2,000 bills were introduced over the course of the 90-day legislative session - a busy year for a legislature with over 50 new members and a brand-new gubernatorial administration. NAMI Maryland and our 11 local affiliates prioritized eight bills, though we offered our support on more than 20 and tracked 90. Click the below links to learn more about the successes of this year's legisiative session and to learn more about what still needs to be done to achieve mental health for all.
- 2023 NAMI Maryland End of Legislative Session Report (Recording)
- 2023 NAMI Maryland End of Session Report
- 2023 NAMI Maryland Bill Tracking List
2023 Legislative Session Trainings:
The Public Policy Platform articulates where NAMI stands on issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.