NAMI Southwest CT Outreach Activities
NAMI Southwest CT engages in grassroots advocacy on local, state and federal issues. We work with government decision-makers and the media in support of NAMI’s national mission to enact legislation beneficial to mental health. We fully support NAMI Connecticut’s public policy agenda, which aims to increase access to quality community services and supports, housing, education, employment, early intervention, and other activities for people impacted by mental health challenges in Connecticut.
NAMI Connecticut's Public Policy Mission
We continuously work to improve public policies for people impacted by mental health challenges in Connecticut. Our Public Policy Agenda includes issues across focus areas aiming to increase access to quality community services and supports, housing, education and employment, early intervention, and others. We do this with the support and active participation of our grassroots members and in collaboration with other stakeholder groups, organizations and coalitions.
Activities of our NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy Program include the following:
Provide outreach, training classes, and education to the community and policymakers
Monitor and act on state and local government issues relevant to the mental health community
Mobilize NAMI Connecticut members to testify or contact policymakers on behalf of our legislative priorities, including through the new Affiliate Advocacy Liaisons
Strategically work with the media to further our legislative agenda
Develop and build relationships with community partners and stakeholders to work on joint initiatives