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Public Policy Committee of NAMI Howard County

Description of the committee:

The Public Policy Committee is dedicated to improving the public safety net for individuals with mental illness. Access to treatment, housing, job opportunities and the general quality of life are affected by the changing public policies of our local, state, and federal government. When budgets are tight, our programs are often cut. In coordination with NAMI Maryland’s Public Policy Committee, we visit our delegates to the Maryland General Assembly and advocate for or against proposed changes in the law which are in the best interest of our membership. Through a legislative telephone tree, we call our membership to respond to the legislative alerts. Locally, we build partnerships with elected leaders, community mental health providers, hospitals, and the criminal justice system. To do this work, we need the help of our entire membership.

 Contribution and Responsibilities:

  •   Visit state and local officials and advocate for mental health issues
  •   Contact NAMI Howard County members about key issues and legislative alerts
  •   Network with other social service organizations, mental health community providers, and Howard County agencies (police, courts, housing providers, etc.)
  •   Study the existing mental health care system and supportive social services and identify areas needing improvement
  •   Write and edit documents related to the committee’s projects

 Strengths required:

  •   Passion to advocate for individuals who live with mental illness
  •   Interest in studying the existing mental health care system and related community resources
  •   Commitment to making an improvement in the overall care and treatment of individuals with mental illness

Meetings: The NAMIHC Public Policy Committee meets monthly, usually on the 3rd Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm.  Call 410-772-9300 for more information.


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