Tell Incoming Legislators Why Mental Health Matters
Now is the time to let your incoming state legislators know why mental health matters to you. You can make a difference by reaching out before the 2019 Session convenes on January the 8th, 2019.
Recent ACA court decision and what it means
Attorneys general in 20 states, including Tennessee, filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last Friday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the entire ACA is unconstitutional.

If upheld, the ruling would represent a fatal blow to the ACA and would have significant consequences for the mental health of Tennesseans, particularly the over 1 million people in the state benefiting from the law's pre-existing conditions protections. Take a minute to tell Tennessee's U.S. Representatives and Senators to protect our mental health care!

What does this mean for people's coverage today? In short, nothing. No one will lose their coverage or have protections stripped away because of this ruling at this time.

What could this ruling mean? However if upheld, the ruling would be devastating for people with mental illness. Follow the link below to learn about the decision's potential impact on mental health parity and other patient protections.
NAMI Speaks out Against Harmful Ruling

On Friday, December 14th, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional in the case Texas v. USA. NAMI is joining a group of 38 patient groups in speaking out against this ruling.

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Join Us February 20, 2019

10 am – 1 pm- Grassroots training & lunch
1 pm – Meetings with legislators
  Cordell Hull Building, 8th Floor
For more information contact:

NAMI TN's next legislative & policy planning committee meeting is this Friday December 21st at 3:15pm.
This committee will convene Friday afternoons bi-weekly through the legislative session. To learn how to participate, contact

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Member Spotlight: Mental Health Advocate Ray Sechrengost
Participate in or Host NAMI's advocacy training
NAMI member Ray Sechrengost was a guest columnist in this week's Commercial Appeal discussing the difference between mental health and mental illness. Read the full story here .

Thank you for your advocacy Ray!
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

Members & affiliates interested in hosting a training, contact