Advocacy efforts are essential to NAMI Southeast Minnesota’s mission to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness. Our participation is vital to ensure the voice of people with lived experience is reflected in issues that impact them most. Staff and volunteers actively participate in work groups and committees that address issues related to mental illness that encompass topics including health care, housing, supportive employment, crisis services, mental health concerns in correctional facilities, access to treatment and more. NAMI SE MN supports the legislative activities of NAMI Minnesota and NAMI on a state and Federal level, respectively, and engages members to advocate on issues important to persons with mental illness and their families.
Olmsted County Adult & Children's Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC): The LAC is responsible for gathering information about mental health services within Olmsted County and making recommendations to various government and community entities to inform investment and policy. Membership encompasses people living with mental illness, family members, mental health professionals, community support services representatives and those interested in public policy. To review LAC meeting notes and activities or learn more about membership and apply, click here.