2021

NAMI works with policymakers to advance priority issues and ensure that the voice of people affected by mental illness is considered in policymaking. Read NAMI’s recent letters to federal leaders, submitted comments and testimony and other resources.


 
Statement on COVID-19 and Vaccinations for People with SMI
04/15/2021
Joint statement with mental health community partners on the need for a national strategy to maximize COVID-19 vaccination for people with serious mental illness.
Letter To Congressional Committee Leadership On Nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
04/15/2021
Letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership, expressing support for the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Letter To Congressional Committee Leadership On Nomination of Andrea Palm
04/06/2021
Letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership, expressing support for the nomination of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Mental Health Funding
03/17/2021
Letter to House Appropriations Committee Leadership, requesting $3.75 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) in its mission to help people and communities prevent chronic diseases and promote health and wellness for all.
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Maternal Mental Health
03/11/2021
Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership, requesting an increase in funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal Mental Health Hotline by $2 million dollars and the Screening and Treatment of Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program by $5 million dollars.
Advocacy Resource on American Rescue Plan Mental Health Wins
03/11/2021
Advocacy resource on mental health provisions in the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.
Letter to SSA Commissioner on COVID-19 & Social Supports
03/05/2021
Letter to SSA Commissioner Saul, urging the SSA to waiver all Social Security overpayments that arose during the pandemic automatically without requiring individuals to request waivers.
Letter to CDC Director on COVID-19
03/05/2021
Letter to CDC Acting Director Walensky, urging the CDC to add serious mental illness to the list of health conditions that pose an increased risk to adults of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors on COVID-19 & Telehealth
03/03/2021
Letter to Congressional Bill Sponsors, expressing support for the Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act, which would require group health plans and health insurers to cover mental health and substance use disorder telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Letter to HHS Secretary on Medicare & Medication Access
02/25/2021
Letter to HHS Secretary-designee Becerra, expressing opposition to a proposal that would undermine key patient protections in Medicare's prescription drug program.
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