Advocacy

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SPEAK OUT! ADVOCATE! We Are All NAMI!
NAMI is each one of us speaking together with one powerful voice.  Our message is heard when you take action.  Each year legislation and issues that affect you and your family on matters of mental health will be heard at the National, State, and local levels of government.  NAMI San Fernando Valley, NAMI National and NAMI California need your support in advocating for positions that reflect our perspectives on matters concerning persons facing the challenges of serious mental illness and their families.

To find your Representative click on the links:

CA State Representatives-Assembly and Senate
US Congress Representatives and US Senate
LA County and City of Los Angeles

For elected officials in our area. Click Here to enter your zip code.

Implementation of Laura’s Law Will Save Lives, Improve Quality of Life For Those Living With Severe Mental Illness

Please add your name to the petition to implement Laura’s Law and help prevent the tragic consequences of untreated mental illness. Learn more today. Laura’s Law FAQ

Check out scholarly and well-researched article about assisted outpatient treatment (AOT- AB 1421 Laura’s Law) published in Psychiatric Services which concludes that AOT is cost neutral in the first year!

NAMI Speaks Out

NAMI RESPONSE TO NAVY YARD TRAGEDY
“Once again, the country is reeling from a senseless act of mass violence. Families and friends are grieving the loss of 12 innocent lives. Although information about the tragedy is still emerging…(click here to read more)

The Navy Yard Tragedy: Mental Health Concerns by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI RESPONSE TO CONNECTICUT TRAGEDY
The Connecticut (Newtown) Tragedy Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI RESPONSE TO ARIZONA TRAGEDY
It could happen anywhere, it could happen again. HELP NAMI SFV fight the stigma that makes it so difficult for those who need help to reach out for timely treatment and diagnosis.

The Arizona Tragedy and Mental Health Care by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Additional Response to Arizona Tragedy
Solace for Family by Joseph Goldstein, NY Times
The Atlantic article (Stigma may well have contributed to the tragic shootings in Arizona in January 2011)