Advocacy & Public Policy

The Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Public Policy staff works with the Maryland legislature, members of Congress, other government officials, and other stakeholders including consumers, family members, mental health professionals and other advocates to affect laws and policies at the State and Federal level.

In this section of our site, you will find:


MHAMD chairs a number of coalitions addressing topics ranging from broad behavioral health concerns to the intersection of mental health and criminal justice, to issues specific to older adults. Learn more about them on this page.

Take Action

Do you have a passion to inspire change in your community? Become an advocate today! On this page, you will find links to view our advocacy efforts, how to contact local officials, find legislation and sign up for alerts and other legislative information.

Public Hearing & Meeting Dates

Are you interested in attending a legislative hearing or public meeting on mental health policy? Find information on upcoming dates, times and locations.

News & Updates

Want to stay up-to-date on current information available related to mental health policy in Maryland and beyond? Here you will find our weekly updates from Annapolis when the legislature is in session, quarterly and annual policy reports, links to recent stories and articles, and much more!

Advocacy Resources

Look on this page for information about Maryland decision makers, finding your legislators and to learn basic ways to become an advocate.

MHAMD Perspectives Blog

Stay up to date on policy developments in Annapolis with MHAMD’s policy blog posts.