Advocate

Our national organization, Mental Health America, is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.  The organization has over a century of advocacy, public education, and programs/and services delivery experience. Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio is bringing wellness home right where you live and work, in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.  Our affiliate participates in local, state, and national advocacy in order to maximize resources, change attitudes, and ultimately best serve those with mental and/or substance use disorders.

How can you advocate?  It only takes one person to get things started.

Mental Health America's Advocacy Network is a powerful voice for change that is made up of thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active role in protecting America’s mental health through legislative advocacy. Join the national movement by signing up today!

Other useful resources: advocacy guide, how to best communicate with your legislators, 8 tips for a successful lobby visit

For state advocacy issues:

Each State has a governing body that guides mental health and addiction services. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services has this responsibility in Kentucky and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services has this responsibility in Ohio.  You can find a wealth of information and resources at the links provided below:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services  and for KY Cabinet News click here

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and for OH Mental Health & Addiction Services News click here

Ohio Legislation and Testimony (OMHAS)

For an update on any Ohio bill, please visit the State of Ohio legislative website at  www.legislature.state.oh.us.   And for an update on any Kentucky bill visit the the State of Kentucky legislative website at www.lrc.ky.gov.  These sites provide you with your legislator's name, address and contact information and enable you to e-mail your legislator. Try to be succinct in your comments. Relay information about you or your family member's situation, and how the proposed legislation positively or negatively affects you.

Remember it starts with you!