Though the next legislative session won’t open until January 9th, 2019, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Tennessee is already hard at work, and will convene their first policy committee meeting the week after Thanksgiving.
NAMI members from across the state have already been meeting with legislators, and are planning a big grassroots push to get their issues heard at Day on the Hill, which is on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.
So what are the issues? Medicaid expansion, mental health parity, decriminalizing mental illness, and investing in crisis services and mental health support services such as stable housing and supported employment.
There has been a huge turnover in the legislature, and Tennessee also has a new governor, Bill Lee. Mental health advocates stress the importance of educating the incoming administration and legislators about the mental health issues at hand.
NAMI Tennessee is the state’s largest grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illness, their families, and their communities through mutual support, education, and advocacy. If you or someone you love has a mental illness, you are encouraged to call the NAMI toll-free helpline at 1-800-467-3589.