National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Advocacy is a core component of NAMI's mission. Yet many NAMI members feel uncomfortable in talking with people in government.
One should remember that the government is in the business of providing services to its citizens. We elect members to represent us at the local, state, and national levels.
As constituents, we should frequently communicate our ideas and concerns with them.
NAMI's website has great tools to assist us in advocacy efforts. Visit www.nami.org/advocacy to become acquainted with these tools.
Advocate at the national level.
There are two bills being discussed in the hall of Congress--HR 3717 and HR 4574. It is very encouraging to read about proposed legislation that will profoundly help individuals with mental illness; however, there is some degree of difference between the bills. NAMI seeks compromise. You can read NAMI's position on the two bills at this link. http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=About_Public_Policy
Please contact Rep. Tom Graves, Georgia's Congressman in the northwest Georgia District and ask him to support legislation that helps people with mental illness. Rep. Grave's phone number in Washington is 1-202-225-5211 and email is RepGraves@mail.house.gov. Rep. Graves has a Rome office. His contacts are Jackie Money and Linda Liles and can be reached at 706-290-1776 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com respectively.
Advocate at the state level.
Georgia State Representative Katie Dempsey spoke at our September 2014 Education Meeting. She is very active in health care and occupies key positions in the State House.
Rep. Dempsey asked us to keep her informed on mental health issues and gave her contact information out. Her office telephone number is 1-404-463-2247 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vist www.namiga.org for up-to-date issues.
How do I contact my state legislator?