Public policy affects us all in the OCD and related disorders community, from individuals to families to professionals. The IOCDF seeks to serve as the voice of our community on Capitol Hill, uniting with other mental health voices on the federal policy issues that impact us the most.

The strategic goals of the IOCDF advocacy initiatives are that people with OCD and related disorders have improved access to effective treatment and adequate support in their communities, and that treating clinicians in every profession have improved capacity to provide effective treatment.

  • What this means to the IOCDF:
    • Treatment for OCD and related disorders is affordable
    • Treatment for OCD and related disorders is widely available
    • Treatment for OCD and related disorders is effective
    • People with OCD and related disorders are supported in their communities
  • How we aim to achieve these goals:
    • Working together with other mental health organizations – we’re stronger when we work together
    • Raising awareness of policy issues within our own community
    • Lobbying and grassroots activism
    • Engaging stakeholders, both those who have an impact and those who are impacted
    • Training and capacity-building

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Virtual Voices for Mental Health: An Online Day of Action

NEW IN 2020! This virtual event includes an evening of live programming followed by a day of advocacy activities that you can do from your phone or computer. This event is open to people with OCD and related disorders, their families, friends, clinicians, and all other members of the mental health community. We welcome seasoned advocates and first-timers alike!  Click here to learn more.

Mental Health Advocacy Capital Walk

Join us every October on the National Mall in Washington, DC to unite our voices with other national behavioral health organizations in advocacy and awareness. 

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Support for Key Legislation

  • June 25, 2020Letter to Senate leadership calling for continuing the existing FMAP increase, increasing it further per the House HEROES Act, and extending the total increase through June 2021 (MHLG).
  • June 22, 2020Letter to Senate leadership calling for the prioritization of mental health/SUD services in next COVID-19 relief package (MHLG).
  • June 17, 2020 and July 22, 2020Letter to Congressional leadership urging the passing of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which would create “988” as the three-digit hotline number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and make mental health crisis services more readily available (MHLG).
  • June 10, 2020Letter to House leadership in support of the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act (MHLG).
  • June 5, 2020Letter to House leadership in support of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (MHLG).
  • June 1, 2020 – Letter to Senate sponsors in support of the Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act of 2020 (MHLG).
  • May 22, 2020Letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the extension of temporary telehealth services/provisions beyond the COVID-19 emergency period (MHLG).
  • May 21, 2020Letter to House leadership in support of the Health Care Protection Act (MHLG).
  • May 11, 2020Letter to Congressional leadership advocating for the inclusion of suicide prevention and youth mental health policies in the next COVID-19 package (MHLG).
  • May 6, 2020Letter to Congressional leadership with recommendations for mental health policy in the 4th COVID-19 package (MHLG).
  • April 30, 2020Letter to Congressional leadership asking for the expansion of statutory authority to the Department of Labor, in service of requiring ERISA plans to cover telehealth (MHLG).
  • April 24, 2020 – Letter to Congressional leadership and Department of Labor calling for insurance coverage of telementalhealth services, and parity in that coverage (MHLG).
  • March 25, 2020 – Request to the House/Senate and National Association of Insurance Commissioners to temporarily lift restrictions on telebehavioral health for all regardless of insurance plan, and ensure parity compliance, for the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency (MHLG).
  • March 20, 2020Letter to Administrative and Congressional leadership outlining short- and long-term suggestions to protect and promote mental healthcare access in light of COVID-19.
  • March 4, 2020 – In support of the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act in both the House and Senate (MHLG).
  • March 2, 2020Appropriations Recommendations for FY2021 (MHLG).
  • February 5, 2020In support of the National Telehealth Strategy and Data Advancement Act (HIA).
  • December 2, 2019In support of the Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act in the Senate (MHLG).
  • October 30, 2019In support of the CONNECT for Health Act in the House and the Senate (HIA)
  • October 16, 2019In support of the Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act in the House and the Senate (MHLG)
  • September 23, 2019 – In support of the UNDERSTAND Act in the Senate (MHLG)
  • September 17, 2019In support of the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019 in the Senate (MHLG)
  • July 31, 2019 – In support of the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019 in the House (MHLG)
  • June 6, 2019In support of the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019 in the House (MHLG)
  • June 5, 2019In support of the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019 in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (MHLG)
  • May 30, 2019 – In support of the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019 in the Senate (MHLG)
  • March 1, 2019Response to request for comment on addressing healthcare costs/affordability by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (MHLG)
  • February 8, 2019 – In support of the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration as part of the Excellence in Mental Health Act of 2014 (MHLG)

Have ideas about other activities related to policy advocacy?  Let us know at advocacy@iocdf.org!