YOU are the Key to our Legislative Successes.


(L-R) NAMI Connecticut Board Member Anthony Pierloni, testifying at the State Capital; Advocates meeting at the State Capital during a recent NAMI Connecticut Walk; and Vered Brandman, a NAMI In-Our-Own-Voice presenter, testifying at the State Capital.

NAMI Connecticut’s 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, including through the new Affiliate Advocacy Liaisons

  • 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 influence the organization’s legislative agenda and act as advocacy liaisons in their communities. Our goal is to support members to engage in advocacy activities at the legislature, in the community, and from their homes.


We are here to support your advocacy efforts


  • Show you how to contact your legislators and other elected officials, quick link

  • Attend meetings with state or local officials to provide support as requested

  • Provide background information on policy issues, such as legislative agenda booklets and fact sheets

  • Speak at affiliate meetings or other events about mental health advocacy issues

  • Alert you to great advocacy opportunities and events at the Capitol and in the community

  • Help you write testimony or letters to the editor to express your views on important issues

NAMI Connecticut is also an active member organization of the Keep the Promise Coalition (KTP), a statewide unified group of key stakeholders (including individuals with lived experience, family members, mental health professionals and interested community members) advocating for a comprehensive, community mental health system across the lifespan in Connecticut.  


Susan Kelley

Director of Policy and Advocacy

For a complete description of our program activities, please CLICK HERE.



DCF Budget-Appropriations Cmte_NAMI Connecticut testimony 3.5.19 revised

DMHAS Budget-Appropriations Cmte_NAMI Connecticut testimony 3.1.19

Education Budget-Appropriations 3.6.19

HB 5145 Public Testimony re Study of Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations

NAMI CT Testimony on SB 452 before Children's Committee 3.6.19

ParityBill_HB 7125__TimCedits

SB 824 Testimony before Judiciary Committee 2.27.19

SB 939 Testimony before Judiciary Committee 3.6.19

Testimony before Education Committee 2.22.19 track

Testimony before Insurance and Real Estate Committee MH Parity 3.5.19

Testimony before Insurance and Real Estate Committee peer supports 3.5.19

Testimony on HB 7214 and HB 7215 before Children's Committee 3.6.19

Testimony on HB 7332 Public Safety hearing 3.12.19

Testimony on SB 750 before Committee of Higher Education and Employment Advancement 2.14.19

HB 7313 Testimony before Education Committee 3.13.19

SB 967 Testimony before Public Health Committee 3.13. 19

Mental Health Parity Coalition Video

SB 877 Testimony before Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee 3.15. 19

HB 7278 Testimony before Public Health Committee 3.18.19

HB 7353 Testimony before Education Committee 3.18.19

SB 966 testimony before Public Health Committee 3.25.19

Testimony on HB 7389 before Judiciary Committee 3.25.19

Testimony on SB 504 before Judiciary Committee 3.25.19

SB 1109 Testimony before Judiciary Committee 3.29.19

HB 7415 Testimony before Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee 4.26.19



Action Alerts!:

Get Email Updates, including Action Alerts, by clicking HERE (and be sure to include your NAME, Phone Number, and EMAIL Address!)

Collaborations: NAMI Connecticut is proud to be one of the founding members of the Keep the Promise (KTP) Coalition, as well as the founder and fiduciary for the Alliance for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH). 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.


YOU are the Key to our Legislative Success!

All Our Words and Actions Matter!

Let’s use them to advocate for the things that Matter to Us

For help or more information contact Thomas Burr, Community and Affiliate Relations Manager at

Thank you!