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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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.  THANK YOU to those of you who have attended in the past, stay tuned for more information about the 2020 Capital Walk.

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Group Memberships

Support for Key Legislation

  • 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 19, 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!