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Click here for the 2019 NAMI-NYS Advocacy Guide

The guide includes resources on our Action Agenda, how to tell Your story as an advocacy tool, tips for successful legislative visits, information on newly elected legislators and how to communicate through traditional and social media.

Advocacy Guide

Click here for full details of our 2019 Action Agenda

NAMI New York State 2019 Legislative Action Agenda

New York:
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NY State Assembly Member
NY State Senator

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U.S. Representative
U.S. Senator

Search for current New York State bills by bill number or by keyword

2018 Action Agenda and Supported Legislation

Click here for our 2018 Action Agenda One Sheet

Click here to learn about legislation supported by NAMI-NYS

Specific Action Agenda Issues:


Continued Community Reinvestment

Criminal Justice

Access to Appropriate Services and Medications

Mental Health in Schools

Veterans Mental Health


Budget Analysis, Testimony and Support Memos

Executive Budget Proposal Analysis

State of the State Analysis

Housing Testimony

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Letter to Gov.

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Tool Kit LinkThis toolkit contains the resources you need to become a more effective and educated advocate for the mental health community. You will find everything from basic information on the legislative process to NAMI-NYS issue fact sheets and more. We encourage you to download, print and share these tools with your community and your legislators.

Click Here for the Tool Kit

The kit will help you best project your advocacy voice by:

  • Detailing our advocacy agenda
  • Explaining NAMI-NYS’s view of the Executive Budget proposal
  • Providing strategies to have the most impactful legislative visits
  • Speaking points on our issues
  • Providing templates for Letters to the Editor on our key issues
  • Information on how to engage in advocacy activities on social media

1. What is Advocacy? You can get involved

2. NAMI-NYS Public Policy Program Overview: We are here to help you

3. New York Facts & Figures: Mental health statistics for New York that you can use when advocating

4. Glossary of Mental Health, Health & Housing Terms

5. Legislative Fact Sheet: Review state government structure

6. Legislative Process: How a bill becomes law in NY