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.

 

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Letter to FCC and SAMHSA on Crisis Services and 988 Georouting

03/20/2024

NAMI-led letter urging FCC and SAMHSA leaders to take immediate action to improve the routing of 988 calls (“georouting”) so that people in crisis are routed to a nearby call center rather than routed to a call center based on their area code.
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Letter to Missouri Governor on Criminal Justice

03/13/2024

Letter to Missouri Governor Parson, asking for Brian Dorsey's death sentence to be commuted to life without parole, given Mr. Dorsey's severe psychiatric symptoms and egregiously inadequate legal representation.
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Letter to Attorney General on Criminal Justice

01/23/2024

Letter to Attorney General Garland, asking him to commute the death sentences of people with serious mental illness on federal death row.
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Letter to CMS and HHS on Medicare and Criminal Justice

01/18/2024

Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure asking CMS to change Medicare's custody definition to ensure access to health insurance coverage for older adults and people with disabilities who are not subject to institutional confinement.
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Letter to Congressional Committee Leadership on Veterans' Mental Health

01/12/2024

Letter to Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs to encourage the inclusion of three key bipartisan bills in any end-of-year legislative package focused on Veterans' health and suicide prevention.
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Regulatory Comment on Health Coverage and Crisis Services

01/08/2024

Regulatory comment to Treasury Secretary Yellen, Secretary Becerra, and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure on the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025 Proposed Rule, focusing on the need to encourage state coverage of crisis response services as an Essential Health Benefit.
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Regulatory Comment on Health Coverage

01/08/2024

Regulatory comment to Treasury Secretary Yellen, HHS Secretary Becerra, and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure on the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025 Proposed Rule, offering recommendations to address specific provisions of the proposed rule.
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Regulatory Comment to HHS on Medicare and Mental Health Workforce

01/05/2024

Regulatory comment to HHS Secretary Becerra and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure in support of the Medicare Contract Year 2025 Policy and Technical Changes proposed rule, and offering comments to strengthen the rule.
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Statement on Health Coverage

12/19/2023

Statement applauding the Department of Labor’s newly proposed rule strengthening consumer protections in association health plans (AHPs).
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Letter To Congressional Committee Leadership On Child And Adolescent Mental Health

12/08/2023

Letter urging the Senate HELP Committee to include S. 3364, Kid Providing Resources for Optimal Outcomes Against Fatalities Act (Kid PROOF), as part of the reauthorization of SUPPORT.
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Letter To Congressional Leadership On Child And Adolescent Mental Health

12/06/2023

Letter to Senator Schumer, expressing disappointment that S.1409, the Kids Online Safety Act, will not be coming up for a floor vote before the end of year and urging for a vote when Congress is back in session in January.
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Letter To Congressional Leadership On Criminal Justice

12/06/2023

Letter expressing support for the DHS Suicide Prevention and Resiliency for Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2577/S. 1137), which would enable the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide officers and agents with mental health resources, reduce stigma, and help prevent suicide.
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