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.
Please read our 2020 Public Policy Platform to learn more about NAMI Maryland's policy objectives and positions that support our goal of ensuring that individuals with mental illness and their families are able to access quality, affordable and comprehensive mental health treatment, prevention and recovery services throughout Maryland.
At NAMI Maryland, we are acutely aware that access to comprehensive, quality mental health care can improve the lives of the more than one million Marylanders affected by mental illness. It is well pastdue that Maryland’s elected officials and decision-makers make a genuine and sustainable investment in accessible and quality behavioral health inpatient and outpatient treatment and services. We all know too well that the high cost of not treating mental illness vastly exceeds the cost of treatment.
2020 Legislative Session Summary:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local afiliates across the state represent a statewide network of more than 45,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. NAMI Maryland is dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community.
NAMI Maryland proactively pursued a number of legislative advocacy priorities this session, including the creation of a Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence to divert more individuals from the criminal justice system, pursing better access to crisis services for kids, and successfully advocating for a funding increase for behavioral health services and providers in Maryland. We actively engaged on more than 40 individual bills and monitored approximately 95 pieces of legislation this session.
The following report outlines the legislative actions NAMI Maryland took to support the legislative advocacy priorities adopted by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors in late 2019. Read more.