NAMI on the Issues

NAMI Wisconsin advocates on the state level for wide-ranging issues related around mental illness. As a grassroots organization, we ensure our political priorities are timely and relevant to ending stigma around mental illness.

With the assistance from our dedicated members, NAMI Wisconsin chooses new policy priorities each legislative session. For up-to-date information on our stances on current issues, please sign up for Action Alerts. If you have questions or comment about a particular issue, please email

NAMI Wisconsin Public Policy Platform PDF

NAMI Wisconsin’s Policy Priorities 2019-2020

NAMI Wisconsin’s 1115 Waiver Amendment Federal Comments

Wisconsin History of Advocacy and Mental Health Services for People with Mental Illness

Want to take your stance on these current issues?

NAMI Wisconsin is asking you to participate in our #PledgeAgainstStigma project. We have chosen five very timely and relevant issues in the mental health world. We are asking you to choose an issue that is most important to you and send us your pledge.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Reach through our Information Sheet and Fact Sheets to learn about each issue.
  2. Choose one of the following issues that is most important to you:
    1. Jail Diversion
    2. Access to Medical Treatment
    3. Supported Employment
    4. Transportation
    5. Youth Mental Health
  3. Download and print the postcard of your choice
  4. Fill out the information on the back of the postcard
  5. Send your postcard to NAMI Wisconsin’s office at 4233 W. Beltline Hwy, Madison, WI 53711
  6. Share your pledge on social media using the hashtag #PledgeAgainstStigma

Learn More About These Current Issues

Jail Diversion: Jails and prisons hold disproportionate numbers of people with mental illness… we need to find a better way! Mental illness is a public health issue. Therefore, we must work together at all system levels to ensure everyone gets the help they need, when they need it. Through early, positive interventions and treatment, we can lessen the likelihood of people with mental illness entering the criminal justice system.

Learn the Facts
Take the Pledge


Access to Medical Treatment: Everyone deserves access to quality mental health services in their own community. Knowing that your doctors and support systems are close to home and accessible, greatly improves recovery. Help from your metal health condition should never feel like it is miles and miles away.

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Take the Pledge



Supported Employment: Employment is an important part of recovery. Every person who wants to work can work with the right support. Work provides not only a means to support yourself and your family, but a sense of achievement and belonging. Everyone deserves to have a place in which they feel they have made an important contribution to society.

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Transportation: Without access to reliable transportation, people with mental health conditions are denied the ability to lead a fulfilling life. Transportation provides us with the means to access not only health, but education, employment, social, and recreational activities. Each of these contributes to positive mental health and overall well-being.

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Youth Mental Health: Youth deserve to have a supportive and safe space in which to raise their voice on issues and policies affecting their mental health. They deserve to be their own advocates- empowering their peers to start new conversations about mental health through peer support, education, leadership and civic advocacy.

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Take the Pledge

NOTE: If you would like a hard copy of any of the postcards listed above, please contact the NAMI Wisconsin office at (608) 268-6000. We’d be happy to send you additional copies!