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What We Do


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.

Advocacy Opportunities

Mental Health Day on the Hill 2019: Join us on March 14th and make your voice heard! Advocate for children and adults living with mental illnesses and their families at Mental Health Day on the Hill 2019. We are offering bus service from the NAMI SE MN office. All buses arrive in St. Paul by 9:30 a.m. and depart at 2:30 p.m. We will have an informational briefing starting at 9:30 a.m. and we encourage everyone to call their legislators and schedule appointments between 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. See who represents you here. We will have a rally at the Capitol Rotunda from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. After the rally, attendees will have time to eat lunch and then meet with their Legislators. Please contact Sam Smith at 651-645-2948 ext 107 or at with questions. Come help us strengthen and expand our mental health system at the capitol this year! We know what works, let's build on it! To register click here.

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