Advocacy is a core component of NAMI's mission. Yet many NAMI members feel uncomfortable in talking with people in government. One should remember that the government is in the business of providing services to its citizens. We elect members to represent us at the local, state, and national levels. As constituents, we should frequently communicate our ideas and concerns with them. NAMI's website has great tools to assist us in advocacy efforts. Visit http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy to become acquainted with these tools.
Advocate at the national level
There are two bills being discussed in the hall of Congress--S 1945 and HR 2646, which passed unanimously on July 7, 2016. HR 2646 goes to the Senate next. It is very encouraging to read about proposed legislation that will profoundly help individuals with mental illness; however, there is some degree of difference between the bills. NAMI seeks compromise.
Contact US Congressman Tom Graves, Georgia's Congressman in the 14th District and ask him to support legislation that helps people with mental illness. His phone number in Washington is 1-202-225-5211 and email is RepGraves@mail.house.gov. Congressman Graves has a Rome office. His contacts are Jackie Money and Linda Liles and can be reached at 706-290-1776 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com respectively.
Georgia's US Senators are
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