Advocacy & Legislation

NAMI California takes an active role in California’s legislative process. Each year, we select a package of legislation that we will support, as well as identify legislation that may negatively impact individuals with mental illness, which we will oppose or seek to amend. We make our decisions about legislation based on our guiding policy document, the NAMI California Public Policy Platform.

NAMI engages local NAMI affiliates who want to impact legislation through our Capitol Coalition. The Coalition is made up of local affiliate members and leaders who receive NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training, attend legislative and policy briefings, and provide testimony before the State Legislature and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). The goal of the Capitol Coalition is to empower consumers and family members to effectively influence the legislature and the MHSOAC.

NAMI California does not currently sponsor legislation. Please see our Bill List for more information on particular pieces of legislation we are following.