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Action Alert: Add Your Organization As A Signatory to the Key Principles for Mental Health Platforms!

Deadline: Wednesday, December 18; 12:00 Noon Eastern.

In response to some of the terrible proposals we have seen from presidential candidates around mental health that call for increased institutionalization and forced treatment, NCIL has joined a group of national mental health and disability rights organizations to develop a set of principles on mental health to share with campaigns. We are doing this to make our priorities on these issues clear, and we hope other candidates will take our community into account before developing their proposals. After consulting with attorneys knowledgeable in this area, we have determined that this is an allowable form of advocacy for a 501(c)(3).

These principles are open for signature from national, state, and local organizations. If you would like to sign on, please email Jennifer Mathis from the Bazelon Center at with your organization’s name (as you would like it to appear) and your state. The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, December 18 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. Please feel free to share this with other groups who may be interested as well.


  1. Well-crafted principles that must be a part of every legislative vernacular. Thank you to all organizations involved in this effort!

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