NAMI Oregon members and allies band together to influence and improve state and local health care and government systems as they relate to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Members and allies contact state legislators, local government officials, health care administrators, law enforcement representatives and many other people and agencies that touch our lives on a daily basis.

We use the term advocacy in the broadest sense. Nearly everything we do in relation to public outreach and education we believe contributes to our advocacy.

As the state organization, NAMI Oregon’s primary role is to interact with state agencies and the Oregon Legislature to advance NAMI’s mission and policy priorities.

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 Advocacy Updates

Short Session Update: We’re now two weeks into a five-week session for the 2020 Legislature. View a few of the bills we’re following.

Legislature convenes for “short” session. The Oregon Legislature will convene for a 35-day “short” session the first week in February.

Here’s a recap from the 2019 Legislative session. While it was largely disappointing that the Legislature failed to act in a number of areas, there were a few positive takeaways. And we will continue to pursue our priorities full-throated in 2020.

Legislative Session Keeps Chugging Along: The Legislature is lurching toward the end of its 2019 session, which is scheduled to adjourn on June 30, if all goes well. There are still several major decisions to be made, and several of our priorities are alive and well.