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
Hill Day 2019
The IOCDF is proud to partner with the National Council for Behavioral Health for their Hill Day program, taking place from September 17-18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill Day provides attendees with access to sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country. Click here to learn more and register.
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. SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Mental Health Advocacy Capital Walk is tentatively planned for Saturday, October 12, 2019 – stay tuned for more information, including this year’s partners!
Letters of Support for Key Legislation
- July 31, 2019 – In support of the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019 in the House (MHLG)
- June 6, 2019 – In support of the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019 in the House (MHLG)
- June 5, 2019 – In 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, 2019 – Response 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)