NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to advocate for mental health in all states.
At NAMI Shoreline and NAMI Connecticut, we are continuously working to improve public policy for people with mental health challenges in Connecticut. The state’s Public Policy Agenda includes many issues that aim to increase access to services and supports, and to repair and restore the mental health service system in our state.
What You Can Do
You can tell legislators on the Appropriations (budget writing) committee how crucial core services like mental health services, supports and housing are. We urge you to connect with your local legislators and share your family story and concerns. Also, you can do so by submitting written testimony (to APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov) or testifying in person. Personal stories are uniquely powerful to help legislators and the community understand concerns.
Below is a link to the memorable speech Mr. Rogers presented to a Senate hearing:
You can use this TESTIMONY TEMPLATE to start your testimony. Please also note that testimony is limited to 3 minutes per person.
You can secure talking points provided through NAMI CT and bring them to life by including your personal story and experience. Legislators want to understand what the impact is on you, your loved one or someone you know.
Additional resource: to find your personal legislators use THIS LINK.
Contact NAMI Shoreline or NAMI CT if you would be willing to participate.
We’re here to support you! Please let us know if you are planning on testifying in person or submitting testimony. We often request testimonies that address specific issues such as housing. We can also help to sign you up if you’ll be testifying in person at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. You will need to send us your testimony at the latest the day before the hearing.
Susan Kelley is Director of Policy and Advocacy for NAMI CT