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NAMI Vermont Advocacy Priorities:


NAMI Vermont Advocacy Retreat

Advocacy Goal: Youth and adults living with mental illness receive the right care at the right time and in the right place to experience lives of resiliency, recovery and inclusion.

The purpose of the Advocacy Priority Platform of NAMI Vermont is to provide direction and guidance on issues affecting people living with a mental illness to the NAMI Vermont Board, Advocacy Committee, our affiliates, staff, members, and to inform the general public. NAMI Vermont advocates for all people and families who are living with mental illness in Vermont.

The Advocacy Priority Platform articulates where NAMI Vermont stands on all issues related to its goal of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives.

  1. Build Community Awareness and Reduce Stigma and Discrimination
  2. Increase mental health funding
  3. Ensure access to effective mental health services for everyone
  4. Provide access to appropriate, affordable housing and transportation for people with mental illness or a mental health condition
  5. Ensure safe and respectful crisis intervention
  6. Eliminate inappropriate incarceration of individuals whose acts are directly related to their mental illness or mental health condition.
  7. Provide training for mental health professionals and providers
  8. Promote early diagnosis and intervention strategies, including suicide prevention initiatives
  9. Promote wellness and the integration of mental health, substance use and primary care services
  10. Assist people with mental illness or a mental health condition to support themselves through meaningful work

CLICK HERE to view NAMI Vermont’s expanded FY2018 Advocacy Priorities.

The Advocacy Committee reviews and updates the priorities on an annual basis and are approved by the NAMI Vermont Board of Directors.

We believe that stigma about mental illness will only be eradicated through consistent, effective outreach and improved public awareness that spotlights individual successes and positive outcomes. We understand stigma about mental illness discourages individuals from getting help, and remains a key barrier to winning public support for improving our mental health system of care. We believe advocacy for a better system of mental health care is more effective when individuals living with mental illness, family members and providers work together. Divided, we will surely fail. Together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

NAMI Vermont advocates to influence providers, government and legislative representatives of the importance of the voice of family members and peers as they make funding decisions regarding programs and services supporting individuals and families living with mental illnesses.

For more information on our advocacy efforts contact Laurie Emerson at  (802) 876-7949 x101 or email