NASMHPD's Office of Government Relations
works closely with our members and consults with the mental health community
to develop a policy agenda that supports state mental health agencies
and the public mental health delivery system. To promote this agenda,
the NASMHPD Office of Government Relations engages members of Congress
and their staff, as well as key federal agencies.
The NASMHPD Research
Institute, Inc. (NRI), our affiliate for data collection, analysis,
and reporting, maintains several key databases on the organization and
operation of state mental health agencies. These databases can be used
to provide empirical support for policy development and program planning.