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Advocacy is a critical part of NAMI’s mission (Support, Education, and Advocacy) and it comes in many forms. As NAMI members, we can advocate (for ourselves or for our loved ones) in person, by phone, by petition, by voting, by letter, by e-mail, or via social media. We can advocate with mental health providers, educators, employers, faith groups, media, and government at all levels (local, state, and national). 

NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families, and it provides its countless volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save and strengthen mental health services in all states.

For a general introduction to NAMI advocacy and for information about NAMI policy on current issues, follow these links:

http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Take-Action-on-Advocacy-Issues

http://www.nami.org/LearnMore/Public-Policy

IF YOU WANT TO BE AN ADVOCATE BUT AREN’T SURE HOW TO GO ABOUT DOING IT, PLEASE CALL US AT 406-880-1013 OR E-MAIL US AT namimissoula@gmail.com 

Advocacy begins at the local level. You can find information about Missoula city government, and how to contact your elected representatives, at these links:

http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/Faq.aspx?QID=179

http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/Directory.aspx?DID=13

http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/318/Mayor

At the state level, NAMI Montana advocates with our state legislature in Helena regarding the important mental health issues facing Montanans: community mental health services, Crisis Intervention training, suicide awareness and prevention efforts, and more. You can find information regarding legislative efforts on the NAMI Montana website: http://www.namimt.org/legislature.html

These are NAMI Montana’s priorities for the upcoming 2017 state legislative session:

1) Adequate funding for community mental health services (Mental Health Services Plan, Medicaid, Proposed Waivers, Peer Services, Crisis Service, etc.)

2) Eliminate barriers to effective co-occurring services for children’s mental health, adult mental health, substance abuse treatment and geriatric care.

3) Adequate funding for housing (including emergency, transitional, supported, and group homes)

4) Support psychiatric prescriber workforce development efforts, including a psychiatric residency program and psychiatric nurse fellowship program.

5) Improve the interface between the justice, corrections, and mental illness treatment system.

6) Improve employment opportunities for Montanans with mental illness and disabilities.

 The following links from the Montana state government website provide information about the legislative process:

http://leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp

http://leg.mt.gov/css/About-the-Legislature/Lawmaking-Process/contact-legislators.asp

http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/65th/roster.asp?HouseID=0&SessionID=111 

To find your state representatives, use the following link to identify what district you’re in, and then consult the list below:

http://leg.mt.gov/css/About-the-Legislature/Legislative-Districts/default.asp

Senate District 45
Dick Barrett  Democrat
Email: rnewbar@gmail.com

Senate District 46 
Sue Malek  Democrat
Email: suemalek@gmail.com

Senate District 47
Cliff Larsen
  Democrat

Email: cliff@larsenusa.com

Senate District 48
 Cynthia WolkenDemocrat
Email: Sen.Cynthia.Wolken@mt.gov

Senate District 48
Diane Sands Democrat
Email: senatorsands@gmail.com

Senate District 47
Tom Facey  Democrat
Email: facey_tom@hotmail.com

Senate District 7
Jennifer Fielder  Republican
Email:  Sen.Jennifer.Fielder@mt.gov

Representative HD 89
Nate McConnell Democrat
Email: Rep.Nate.McConnell@mt.gov

Representative HD 90
Ellie Boldman Hill Democrat
Email:  elliehillhd94@gmail.com

Representative HD 91
Bryce Bennett Democrat
Email: bennettforhouse@gmail.com

Representative HD 95
Nancy Wilson Democrat

Email: nwilsonhd95@gmail.comRepresentative HD 96
Andrew Person Democrat
Email:
james.a.person@gmail.com
 

Representative HD 94
Kimberly Dudik Democrat
Email: kimberly.dudik@gmail.com

 
Representative HD 98
Willis Curdy Democrat
Email: Rep.Willis.Curdy@mt.govRepresentative HD 99
Tom Steenburg Democrat
Email: mtsteenberg@bresnan.net

Representative HD 100
Andrea Olsen Democrat
Email:
Rep.Andrea.Olsen@mt.gov

House Representative 14
Nicholas Schwaderer Republican
Email: nick.schwadererhd14@gmail.comHouse Representative 92
David “Doc” Moore Republican
Email: Rep.David.Moore@mt.gov

House Representative 97
Brad Tschida Republican
Email: Rep.Brad.Tschida@mt.gov

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