Public Policy & Advocacy

At NAMI Connecticut, we are continuously working to improve public policy for people with serious mental illnesses in Connecticut. Our Public Policy Agenda includes many issues that aim to increase access to treatment and services, and to repair and restore the mental health service system in our state.

NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy Program’s Mission is to “Advocate for improved services, more humane treatment, and an end to stigma and economic and social discrimination.” Our goal is to support members to engage in advocacy activities at the legislature, in the community, and from their homes.

NAMI Connecticut is an active member of the Keep the Promise Coalition.

The Keep the Promise (KTP) Coalition is a Connecticut-based network of advocates, including people living with mental illness, family members, mental health professionals and interested community members. KTP is dedicated to advocating for a comprehensive, community mental health system for adults, children and families in Connecticut.  Click HERE to visit the KTP website.

NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy Program mission is aligned with KTP by advocating for improved services, more humane treatment, and an end to stigma and economic and social discrimination. Our goal is to support members to engage in advocacy activities at the legislature, in the community, and from their homes. NAMI Connecticut and the Keep the Promise Coalition have shared legislative priorities.

NAMI Connecticut Public Policy Program Components:

  • Provide outreach, trainings, and education to the community and policymakers
  • Monitor and act on state and local government issues relevant to the mental health community
  • Mobilize NAMI Connecticut members to testify or contact policymakers on behalf of our legislative priorities
  • Strategically work with the media to further our legislative agenda
  • Develop and build relationships with community partners and stakeholders to work on joint initiatives

NAMI Connecticut’s Public Policy Committee consists of members from around the state who meet monthly to build consensus on legislative and policy issues, provide feedback, assist in developing the Keep the Promise Coalition’s legislative agenda, and act as committee liaisons in their communities.

For more information on advocacy, contact:

Daniela Giordano, MSW Public Policy Director – at

Stay Informed

Click here for Keep the Promise Coalition’s 2015 Legislative Priorities.

Receive action alerts when legislation is pending or to be informed of other important legislative activities and events.

NAMI Connecticut is a member of the Keep the Promise, a statewide grassroots mental health advocacy coalition dedicated to advocating for the community based solutions necessary to maintain and expand critical mental health services and treatments for adults and children and appropriate housing options to meet individuals’ and families’ needs. Learn more about the Keep the Promise Coalition by clicking here.

Read the 2016 Legislative Session Policy Highlights

Check out our Advocacy Toolkit

NAMI Connecticut invites NAMI members to join the Public Policy Committee to become informed on critical issues affecting people with serious mental illnesses and their families and to help craft positions on these issues. The Committee serves as the “brain trust” for the NAMI Connecticut Board for our legislative agenda. Call the NAMI Connecticut office to sign-on or e-mail Daniela Giordano at



We are asking members to make brief calls to your local legislators about the anticipated budget cuts! 

TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS:  The budget cuts overwhelmingly harm vulnerable people and the agencies that serve them.  Connecticut can do better.   Please increase revenue to support a budget that restores funding for critical services. 

Please CALL TODAY!  You can locate your Legislators contact informationby clicking HERE

Thank you for your important advocacy efforts!




Additional Questions? Contact NAMI Connecticut

Related Links

Find Your Legislator

Glossary of Mental Health and Public Policy Related Terms

Mental Health Cabinet Report

Connecticut Policy Facts

NAMI Connecticut 2016 Legislative Session Highlights

Thank You Notes 2016 Legislative Session