Public policy makes a difference in the lives of both the people living with mental health conditions and the people in their lives. Changes in policy can mean better outcomes. NAMI-DAC advocates at state and local levels. These are some of our goals.

  • Securing better housing for people with mental health conditions.
  • Helping people with mental health conditions who have recently been released from detention or prison.
  • Improving availability and access to better health care in southern New Mexico and Dona Ana County.
  • Improving mental health education among first responders, law enforcement, and hospital emergency personnel.

In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The presentation is free and lasts about 90 minutes.

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NAMI FaithNet

NAMI FaithNet as an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities to be welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental health conditions.

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NAMI Rainbow

For many people who are LGBTQ and living with a mental health condition, finding support and resources that are specific and inclusive can be difficult. Currently, NAMI-DAC is establishing a pilot program for a national initiative currently titled NAMI Rainbow. In Dona Ana County we are focused on addressing the intersection of mental health and issues specific to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. 

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