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Advocacy Resources

When we unite our voices to speak out on policies, budgets, and legislation that affect people with mental illness, we become a powerful voice for change.

“When I look at our broken mental illness treatment system, I see two key things we must work for which touch on nearly everything that is wrong with the provision of care for those with serious mental illness: the absolute right to treatment and access to the right care when it’s needed.”

John Hallowitz,  NAMI Glendale Advocacy Committee

Advocacy Groups

NAMI Glendale

NAMI Glendale

NAMI Glendale’s mental illness advocacy makes a vital difference in the lives of people with serious mental health conditions and their families. We make change happen.

As a participant in our advocacy network, we will alert you to important developments in Los Angeles County and its surrounding cities, as well as at the state and national levels with concrete suggestions on how to make your views heard.

More information: Join the NAMI Glendale Advocacy Network

NAMI California

NAMI California
  • Connect with NAMI California’s Advocacy Team
  • Learn about statewide advocacy and the issues

More information: Begin advocacy with NAMI California

Act4MentalHealth

Act 4 Mental Health

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA)

More information: The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers – Full Report (PDF document – 4.2MB)


Other Advocacy Groups and Voices

Treatment Advocacy Center

Treatment Advocacy Center

The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment for people with severe mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. TAC does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. TAC promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Mental Illness Policy Org

Mental Illness Policy Org

Mental Illness Policy Org brings together the best research and insights from writers and researchers around the world who have studied serious mental illness, and synthesizes their scholarship into actionable policies designed to improve care, save money, and keep public and patients safe.

Pete Earley’s blog

Pete Earley's Blog

Pete Earley is nationally established author, newspaper reporter, and speaker. His blog (http://www.peteearley.com/blog/) is the premier mental illness blog in the nation in reach, clarity, and prestige.

Mental Illness Policy Org brings together the best research and insights from writers and researchers around the world who have studied serious mental illness, and synthesizes their scholarship into actionable policies designed to improve care, save money, and keep public and patients safe.

Paul’s Legacy Project

Conducts advocacy, research, and education about those with severe mental health conditions. (http://www.paulslegacyproject.org/home.html)

National Shattering the Silence Coalition (NSSC)

National Shattering of Silence Coalition (NSSC)

National Shattering the Silence Coalition (NSSC) supports a right to treatment for all ages living with serious mental illness (SMI) and speaks out about federal, state, and local policies affecting adults with SMI and children with serious emotional disorders (SED).

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The Lanterman-Petris-Short Reform Task Force

The Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Reform Task Force produced, in 1999, a report titled, A New Vision for Mental Health Treatment Laws. The report included several recommendations for revisions to the LPS Act, with a focus on the involuntary treatment law as it pertains to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

LPS Reform Task Force II convened to refine the 1999 recommendations, to review California’s system of involuntary psychiatric treatment and to identify what is working and what is not. The report resulting from this task force is Separate and Not Equal: The Case for Updating California’s Mental Health Treatment Law. This report developed 18 recommendations for legislative reform of the LPS act.  However, much of these recommendations have yet to be implemented.

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