Public Policy Reports

NAMI publishes reports on critical, emerging issues to help inform the public about the importance of effective mental health policy.

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health (2016)
To help put a thoughtful plan into place should a mental health condition arise, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and The Jed Foundation have created this guide to help start the conversation. It offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health, including what the privacy laws are and how mental health information can be shared.

Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care (2016)
NAMI knows that the U.S. system of mental health care is failing to engage many people who seek help. The first interaction between a service provider and a person seeking care for a mental heatlh condition can start a journey to recovery and a satisfying life, or leave a person unsure or hopeless about the future. The same is true about interactions with other people in the community. This report calls for a culture shift towards a mental health system that engages people with mental health conditions and their families.

Preparing for the Unimaginable: How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events (2016)
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012, NAMI worked with police chiefs from around the country to develop lessons learned on officer mental health. This report is designed to help police departments prepare for mass casualty events and support emotional resiliency for first-responders and their communities.

State Mental Health Legislation 2015: Trends, Themes & Effective Practices (2015)
NAMI’s third annual report on state legislation that took place across the country in 2015 found lots of good news, but unfortunately some bad news as well. 

 A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care (2015)
Achieving true equity in accessing mental health and substance use disorder care requires vigilant attention by advocates and public agencies responsible for enforcement. This report describes a survey conducted by NAMI to assess the experiences of people living with mental illness and their families with private health insurance.

State Mental Health Legislation 2014: Trends, Themes & Effective Practices (2014)
Momentum for reform of the nation's mental health care system slowed in 2014 as a result of failure by Congress to enact comprehensive mental health care legislation and a decrease in the number of states strengthening investment in mental health services.

Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness (2014)
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80%.

State Legislation Report, 2013: Trends, Themes and Best Practices in State Mental Health Legislation (2013)
The report surveys legislation enacted by state legislatures in 2013 and summarizes trends, themes and best practices in mental health legislation that will continue to be important in 2014.

Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health Care (2013)
The report calls for Medicaid expansion which will fill critical gaps in access to health and mental health care, reduce uncompensated crisis care and pave the way to recovery and economic self-sufficiency for millions of Americans.

Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families (2012)
The report calls for Purple Heart medals to be awarded for psychological wounds like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and for military commanders at all levels to be accountable for suicide prevention and elimination of stigma.

State Mental Health Cuts: The Continuing Crisis (2011)
A report documenting continuing mental health budget cuts and their devastating impact on Americans living with serious mental illnesses.

State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis (2011)
A report documenting the magnitude of mental health budget cuts between 2008 and 2011.

Grading the States: A Report on America's Health Care System for Serious Mental Illness (2009)
NAMI's second state-by-state report on the nation's mental healthcare system.

Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth (2009)
This resource is designed to introduce children’s mental health advocates and other stakeholders to models and practices that effectively respond to youth in psychiatric crisis in schools and communities.  

Coverage for All: Inclusion of Mental Illness and Substance use Disorders in State healthcare Reform Initiatives (2008)
Writen in conjuction with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, this report documents the failure of state health care reform packages to cover mental illness.

Grading the States: A Report on America's Health Care System for Serious Mental Illness (2006)
The first comprehensive survey and grading of state adult public mental healthcare systems conducted in more than 15 years.