To learn more about the advocacy and public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their loved ones, and how NAMI is providing a strong voice on these issues, visit the following sections:

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Visit the Advocacy Action Center to help NAMI speak out in support of everyone affected by mental illness. Find elected officials, learn about current issues, and how you can be an advocate.

Access to Medications information regarding the need for people with mental illnesses to have access to prescription medications without restrictions.

advocacyChildren and Adolescents Issues related to the growing number of children with mental illnesses who are not appropriately served by the public health system.

Employment Explains the role of public disability programs in finding employment for people living with mental illness.

Evidence-Based and Promising Practices Information about effective mental health services and supports, including ACT, treatment for people with co-occurring disorders, peer support and more. This page is currently being updated; check back soon for expanded information. ACT—Assertive Community Treatment

Housing Information regarding the need for funding to create affordable housing for people living with mental illness.

Legal and Civil Rights Issues related to Legal SupportPsychiatric Advance Directives and more

Medicaid and Medicare Explores issues regarding the importance of Medicaid in funding treatment for people with mental illnesses who could otherwise not afford proper health care.
Mental Health Funding State and Federal Budget Issues

Mental Health Insurance Parity requires fair and equal coverage of mental health and substance use disorders, however, these laws do not apply to every plan and many do not require coverage. Explore the issues and know which laws affect your coverage.

SSI/SSDI Issues related to Supplemental Security Income(SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for individuals with mental illness.

Uninsured Information addressing the growing concerns about people living with serious mental illness who are uninsured.

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