Legislative Info


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NAMI is releasing our national policy priorities. As members of Congress settled into their offices on Capitol Hill, NAMI welcomed new and returning members alike with a clear agenda for improving our nation’s mental health system.

The 2017 legislative priorities are:

1.     Invest in Mental Health and Innovation

2.     Promote Early Intervention

3.     Improve Integration of Care

4.     Support Caregivers, Military Service Members and Veterans

5.     End The Criminalization of Mental Illness

Read a more detailed version of NAMI’s 2017 national policy priorities here. We also created specific fact sheets related to safeguarding mental health care, protecting Medicaid and protecting veterans access to mental health care.

View the Press Release.

With the start of the New Year, NAMI resolves to fight more boldly than ever before to ensure that people with mental health conditions get the quality mental health care they need to experience recovery. By working together and committing our time, passion and individual voices to these shared priorities, we can shape the future of mental health care in America.



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Criminal Justice Reform Update

Thank you everyone who called their representatives regarding the House Criminal Justice Reform bill! All four of the amendments we asked you to support have been resolved as follows:


Amendment #208 Length of Solitary Confinement for Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness

This amendment will now be included in the House bill, which will be sent to a conference committee to be debated alongside the Senate Criminal Justice Reform bill. The conference committee will write a final, combined bill from the two versions, and will hopefully include this language.


Amendment #12 Restoration Center Pilot program

Amendment #207 Frequency of Mental Health Screening provided to Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Solitary Confinement

Amendment #209 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trust Fund

These amendments were withdrawn without a vote.

The Restoration Center amendment, however, was included in the Senate Criminal Justice Reform bill and therefore will also go to the conference committee.

We greatly appreciate your advocacy on these issues!

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Below is some information on the Criminal Justice Diversion Program and NAMI’s work with other organizations to bring much needed reform to police training and response in Massachusetts. 3 LINKS:


1.       Efforts to Decriminalize Addiction Must Include Mental Health—In light of the opioid crisis, this most recent publication highlights the links between substance use, mental illness, and police involvement. With this budget amendment, NAMI Mass proposes the creation of a statewide Center of Excellence in Community Policing and Behavioral Health that will serve as a clearinghouse of best practices in mental health and substance use response and provide 40hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings. These trainings give first responders the necessary skills to respond effectively to behavioral health crises.
2.       Supporting Law Enforcement: Effective Training & Collaboration Models—this publication does a good job of explaining the menu of training options NAMI would like to make available to police and first responders and other relevant legislation.
3.       The “Major Achievements” document is an overview of the work of NAMI’s Criminal Justice Diversion Program over the last 3-4 years. The work they are doing is great, but needs support from the legislature to scale up and reach every police department and community in MA

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