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Advocacy & Outreach Committee
August 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Advocacy improves the lives of people living with brain disorders by improving mental health care systems and by changing values and attitudes, especially stigma and discrimination about mental health condition.
We decrease barriers to mental health, especially among underserved groups in jails, courts, places of employment, schools, agencies, hospitals, and among health care professionals.
NAMI Washtenaw currently advocates by means of five types of activities:
- Education and information. We provide mental health education to key groups who support, develop and implement mental health policies, including the general community, NAMI members and service agency staff.
- Relationships with policy makers. We participate in advisory and regulatory committees.
- Expressions of experience. We help people tell their stories of hope and recovery through a program called Story Jam.
- Data and knowledge. We collect data from NAMI’s constituents, which informs policy decisions.
- Policy analysis. We compile information, research and policy analyses from NAMI, NIMH and local experts, which helps us develop positive mental health policies.
Committee Meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.