2019 Legislative Priorities Request

The Legislative Committee of NAMI-NM would like to ensure that our legislative priorities and advocacy efforts reflect the needs and interests of all affiliates, as best as possible. Broadly, the committee functions to carry out NAMI national’s guiding policy platform (link for more information:

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Public-Policy/Public-Policy-Platform-December-2016-(1).pdf), in the state of New Mexico. Specifically, we aim to follow this policy platform when advocating to ensure policy makers maintain focus on, and continue to address the needs of the mental health community in our state.

We would like your input.  To help you, I have included NAMI national’s Legislative Priorities below.   Consider your personal experiences, any barriers you see that negatively impact the quality of life for those with mental illness, other aspects of well-being, including ease of access, ability to engage in self care, access to or participation in valued activities. Consider socio-cultural factors, current law or statues, technology, provider training and responses to needs, the rural nature of our state.

Please send your suggestions to me before September 24 so we can aggregate them and consider them when developing our Legislative Agenda for New Mexico.

Thank you,

Betty Sisneros Shover

NAMI NM Legislative Committee, Co-Chair

National Legislative Priorities 2018/2019: 

(Link: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2018/NAMI-s-New-President-Outlines-Priorities-for-Serio)

  • (1) Expand coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care in private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare
    • (includes refuting Medicaid caps, parity for mental health services, support for research initiatives)
  • (2) Implement first episode psychosis programs on a nation-wide basis
    • (e.g. early intervention, utilization of evidence-based interventions, access to Federal funding in Mental Health Block Grants)
  • (3) Decriminalize mental illness
    • (e.g. Crisis Intervention Teams, decrease rates of unnecessary arrest for those with MI; ensure 24/7 access to behavioral health crisis teams; improve training for first-line supports including police officers, providers, family members, caregivers, etc.; support establishment of alternative to incarceration plans)
  • (4) Increase supportive housing
    • (e.g. ensure new housing programs provide supports for those with mental illness including safety, proximity to transportation, support persons close-by)
  • (5) Continue efforts to educate communities and public about mental illness and the importance of compassionate responses
    • (e.g. ongoing provision of NAMIs signature trainings, innovation of NAMI training programs, enable ease of access to appropriate and non-violent emergency behavior healthcare services; improve integration of care that supports the Collaborative Care Model, expand Certified Behavioral Health Clinics)