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Take action, make change

As the official state NAMI organization in Pennsylvania, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is actively involved in engaging legislators at the state and federal levels to protect mental health coverage, services, and supports.

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania frequently emails Action Alerts to inform people of relevant legislative activity that requires them to take action by contacting their elected officials. Email your full name and email address to to sign up for Action Alerts.

January 29, 2021:  COVID-19 Impact Survey

October 29, 2020: Final Election Day Reminders

April 1, 2020: Pennsylvania Primary Elections Rescheduled to June 2, 2020

March 27, 2020: Share your COVID-19 Mental Health Story

June 20, 2019: Protect General Assistance

June 5, 2019: Protect Behavioral Health Choices

March 1, 2019: Protect Medicare Access to Mental Health Medications

February 20, 2019: Protect Medicare Access to Mental Health Medications

February 12, 2019: NAMI Keystone PA Signs Letters Opposing HB 335, SB 268

October 16, 2018: Say NO to HB 2138 (Medicaid Work Requirements)

July 13, 2018: Mental Health Consent Bulletin

June 14, 2018: Ask Your PA State Senator to Vote No to HB 2138

January 25, 2018: Federal Government Reauthorizes CHIP

December 19, 2017: Tax Reform and the Cost of Health Insurance

December 7, 2017: Tax Reform and Your Mental Health 

November 16, 2017: How Does Tax Reform Affect Your Mental Health?

October 20, 2017: Save Mental Health Insurance Protections

September 26, 2017: SSI Benefits at Risk

September 25, 2017: Vote on Graham-Cassidy Expected This Week

September 18, 2017: New Health Reform Bill – More Dangerous Than Ever

July 17, 2017: PA Senate Set to Debate Medicaid Changes

July 13, 2017: PA House Votes on Medicaid Changes

July 12, 2017: New Senate Health Care Timeline

July 10, 2017: Medical Assistance Loophole

June 26, 2017: Senate Health Bill

June 20, 2017: Federal Health Care Update

June 19, 2017: State Budget Call-In Day

May 23, 2017: U.S. Senate’s Response to the AHCA

May 22. 2017: PA Human Services Consolidation Plan

May 19, 2017: PA House Bill 218

May 3, 2017: Mental Health Month & the American Health Care Act

April 28, 2017: Congress Brings Back AHCA

March 24, 2016: House Vote on the American Health Care Act

March 16, 2017: AHCA, Medicaid, and Mental Illness 

March 8, 2017: Congress Unveils the American Health Care Act

Nov. 15, 2016 – Mental Health Reform of 2016 Act

July 7, 2015: Action Alert

Nov. 3, 2014: Action Alert—Vote!

Sept. 30, 2014: Support the Review of Mental Health Funding Cuts

Sept. 30, 2014: Support Suicide Prevention in Schools

April 10, 2014: Say “NO” to Healthy PA 

April 4, 2014: Reject the Healthy PA Waiver

Together, we can make mental health a priority. Learn more about key issues, how to get involved, access voter resources, and take the pledge to #Vote4MentalHealth.

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This year, the federal government is holding the 2020 U.S. Census, and we need your help to make sure that Mental Health Counts! The census helps federal, state, and local governments distribute resources for important services, including resources that help people with mental illness, like housing, Medicaid and transportation.

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Gov. Tom Wolf has unveiled the initiative Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters. The goal of Reach Out PA is to expand mental health resources and alleviate the stigma associated with reaching out for support.

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#BackOnTrackPA is a statewide initiative to bring awareness to First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs and to highlight the positive impact they’re having on young people and their families.

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Gov. Tom Wolf created a statewide task force that’s responsible for developing a long-term strategy to reduce rising suicide rates and the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness.

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Words Matter

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania hopes to educate individuals, families, legislators, the public, and the media about the consequences of stigmatizing language and the opportunity to instead focus on “people first” language.

These are examples of stigmatizing words or phrases to avoid:

  • Mentally ill
  • Emotionally disturbed
  • Insane
  • Crazy
  • Odd
  • Abnormal
  • Psycho
  • Maniac
  • Lunatic
  • Looney
  • Loopy
  • Wacko
  • Cuckoo
  • Mental
  • Deranged
  • Mad
  • Out of it
  • Slow
  • Nuts
  • Disturbed
  • Demented
  • Screw Loose
  • Brain dead
  • High or low functioning
  • Delusional
  • Case
  • Decompensate
  • Issues
  • Schizophrenic
There are numerous ways to get involved in grassroots mental health advocacy.

Join NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
Sign up for Action Alerts
Contact your legislator about bills that matter to you 
Join community boards, organizations, or committees that play a role in shaping mental health policy:

Legislative Committees
Advisory Committees
RFP Review Committees
County Governments
Health Care Providers
Behavioral Health Coalitions
Ad Hoc Committees

Task Forces
Focus Groups
Support Groups
Block Grant Applications
Town Halls
Community & Family Satisfaction Teams
Community Service Providers
Stakeholders Advisory Committees