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Advocacy Makes a Difference


Advocacy Makes a Difference!  NAMI Maryland is a strong voice on mental illness, carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.


2023 Virtual Advocacy Day

You're invited to join us at 8:00 am on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 for our Virtual Advocacy Day!  This is your chance to #Act4MentalHealth right here in our state and to hear from Maryland Leaders about how they plan to make mental health a priority in 2023.


Key dates and deadlines:

  • Register for Advocacy Day by Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
  • Keep an eye on your emails for information on our Advocacy Day Orientation Webinar!
  • Materials: (Talking points, meeting background, relevant bills, etc.) will be delivered via email to affiliates and all registrants on Friday, February 17th so you have the weekend to review prior to Advocacy Day.

Don't miss out and register now for what will no doubt be an incredible day of action!


2023 NAMI Maryland Public Policy Priorities:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland and our 11 local affiliates represent a statewide network of more than 58,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers.  NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and the wider community.  Click here for the public policy priorities for NAMI Maryland for 2023.


2023 NAMI Maryland Public Policy Platform:

The Public Policy Platform and resolutions published by NAMI Maryland and formally approved by the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors, provide direction and guidance to the NAMI affiliates and stakeholders on a wide range of policy issues.  This is a living document, reflective of specific policy and advocacy issues in Maryland and complimentary to the national Public Policy Platform available below.  Read our full Public Policy Platform here.


Want to know what to expect for 2023?  Take a look at our session information from 2022 below!



2022 Legislative Session:

Maryland's 90-day legislative session began with a lot of uncertainty due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With 3,114 bills introduced over the course of the session, it was a busy final year before election season.  Governor Larry Hogan is erm limited and cannot run again, but tough primary fights are shaping up for both Democratic and Republican contenders.  The Maryland General Assembly is up for election too, and between retirements and redistricting, we anticipate some significant turnover in both chambers.


2022 Legislative Session Trainings:

2022 Legislative Session Reports and Bill Factsheets:


NAMI National's Policy Platform and Priorities:

The Public Policy Platform articulates where NAMI stands on issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.


Recent Press Releases:

Recorded Webinars: