National Alliance on Mental Illness
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NAMI Policy Research Institute
The mission of the NAMI Policy Research Institute (NPRI) is to drive national, state, and local debates on reforms and investments in the nation’s mental illness delivery and financing system.
The Institute brings together policymakers, advocates and scientists through various forums to develop solutions and expand support for science-based, recession-proof treatment and recovery systems. The Institute operates public policy task forces involving consumers, family members, experts and researchers to study issues of complexity in mental health policy. In this regard, the Institute supports and strengthens the policymaking responsibilities of national board of directors.
As part of its mission, the Institute provides technical assistance to NAMI state organizations and local affiliates on pivotal issues such as access to medication, health insurance parity, children’s delivery issues and increased funding. NPRI works closely with state leaders to develop innovative policy and advocacy strategies and reaches out to other stakeholders to build consensus and coalitions that focus on public policy issues on which the mental health community can agree.
The Institute issues a wide variety of publications including policy bulletins, state alerts, fact sheets and federal legislative analyses.
State Action Alerts
State Policy Bulletin
NPRI Task Force Reports
Conference Call Series for NAMI State Policy Advocates
Understanding the Issue