*The advocacy work NAMI Texas does is strictly surrounding policy. We do not provide legal representation of any kind to individuals for either civil or criminal cases. If you or a loved one is in need of criminal defense representation please visit https://namitexas.org/criminaldefense for more information.
NAMI Texas’s role as an advocacy organization grew from the need of its members – individuals with mental illness and their families – to effect a positive change in the response of society, government and business to an individual with a mental illness.
NAMI Texas works hard to improve access to comprehensive and timely mental health care in Texas. However, our work depends on the advocacy of our membership–individuals living with mental illness and their families. Visit the NAMI Texas ADVOCACY ACTION CENTER to sign up for our policy newsletter and participate in our current policy campaigns.
Our member’s voices are critical to our advocacy. Legislators are influenced not only by statistics, but by personal stories from people impacted by mental health policy. Visit our LEARN ADVOCACY page to learn more about our NAMI SMARTS advocacy training.
We seek to promote change by providing evidence-based information on the importance of access to comprehensive and timely mental health services and supports – medications, counseling, support groups, educational and vocational training, and much more – to policy makers, community stakeholders, and the general public.
The NAMI Texas PUBLIC POLICY PLATFORM provides a detailed look into how we propose to improve access and availability of mental health care to all Texans. This document reflects the emphasis we place on addressing gaps in the care continuum that jeopardize the health and well-being of those most in need. We have also produced a POLICY PLATFORM ONE-PAGER to provide a high-level view of our priorities to legislators, advocates, and stakeholders.
On November 7th, 2020, NAMI Texas hosted its ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING with a thorough review of the Public Policy Platform for 2021-2022, which begins just after the 2 hour mark.
NAMI Texas advocates for individuals living with mental illness and their families in a variety of ways. Often, our advocacy includes writing reports, conducting research, and providing testimony to legislative committees. Our reports, research, and testimony archive provides ready access to the materials we produce in our advocacy.
DISCLAIMER: NAMI Texas does not provide any legal representation or advice. If you are in need of legal representation we can refer you to services in your community that may be able to assist you.