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.
Learn How to Advocate
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. Learn more about taking our NAMI SMARTS advocacy training here.
We seek to promote this change by providing science based information that “severe mental illnesses” are brain disorders that can be treated and managed effectively if an individual has access to a combination of medication, supportive counseling and community support services, including education and vocational training. By educating and informing the public, employers and policy makers, a higher value will be placed on recovery and the quality of life that a person with a severe mental illness can achieve.
NAMI Texas advocates for its members on the local, state and federal level to reduce stigma and strengthen mental health resources across Texas. Learn more about our policy priorities for 2019-2020 here.
Contact Your Representatives
Your state and federal representatives need to hear about your experiences with mental health policy. Contact your representatives today to ensure they are working to improve the lives of people with mental illness.
There is strength in numbers when working to improve mental health policy. Help us reach legislators from across the state by advocating at our Mental Health Capitol Day on February 6th, 2019. Learn more about registering for Capitol Day here.
Keep up with the busy legislative session by reading about NAMI Texas’ summaries and positions on upcoming bills, recaps of past sessions, and advocacy alerts here.
Reports, Research, and Testimony
NAMI Texas is busy at the state Capitol shaping mental health policy by researching and testifying on various issues and bills for the legislature. Read NAMI Texas’ and national reports on mental health policy at the state and federal level and the testimony of staff and NAMI volunteers to learn more about policy issues in Texas here.
Additional Policy Resources
A variety of government agencies, advocacy, and mental health organizations are involved in shaping mental health policy and practice. Learn more about other organizations working in the mental health field here.