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How To Engage

If you have a story, you have the power to influence policymakers.

Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI Texas advocates for an array of issues including:

  • Protecting people’s access to treatment and services
  • Integrating mental health services into primary care settings
  • Pairing jail diversion and reentry strategies with increased access to quality care

We maintain an active presence in the Texas State Capitol on priority issues with relationships on both sides of the aisle. We make our voice heard in the state agencies to guide the effective implementation of mental health policy. And we empower our local affiliate organizations and members to step up on advocacy.

NEW: Check out the NAMI Texas Advocacy 101 Guide.  This guide can help you learn about how to engage in policy advocacy as an individual in Texas.

Mental Health Advocacy - If you have a story, you have the power to influence policymakers

Take a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy course

NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. It is a highly interactive workshop that builds knowledge, confidence, and competence advocating for rights of those impacted by mental illness concerning our local, state, and federal legislative policies. The NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy course vastly enhances the power of mental health advocacy. Contact your local NAMI affiliate about opportunities to take a NAMI Smarts course. Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a NAMI SMARTS Advocacy course to your community!

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#Vote4MentalHealth In Texas

From health care to the economy to criminal justice and more, mental health touches many of the issues that you might care about the most. When you cast your ballot, you #Vote4MentalHealth, whether you realize it or not.

Voting Information

You can find more information on where to vote at

Mental Health for US

NAMI is affiliated with Mental Health for US, a national nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in national policy. Mental Health for US published candidate questionnaires from the presidential candidates. You can read their answers here.

The 87th Texas state legislature is less than a year away. Legislation moves quickly, but we can help you keep up with the bills impacting mental health in Texas.

CLICK HERE to view the bills we championed in the last legislative session.

Peruse our bill list and position indicators to read about mental health legislation. Follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about current mental health issues and bill progress during session. Contact your local Affiliate or contact us to get Advocacy Alerts straight from the source!

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NAMI.Org Advocacy Tool

NAMI has made it easy to let your elected representatives hear your voice on the issues that matter most to you. With’s advocacy tool, you can:

  • Select from a list of national issues, or choose one of your own.
  • Choose the elected officials you want to voice your opinion to, from the President on down
  • Send an email, letter, or fax using messages provided by NAMI, or compose one of your own.

Go to and make your voice heard today! 

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