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

Group Memberships

The IOCDF is a member of the following coalitions:

Get Involved!

Make your voice heard on key mental health legislation!

The International OCD Foundation invites YOU to contact your elected representatives in support of critical mental health legislation in Congress. 
As Congress comes back from their summer recess, we're asking you to help us advocate for bills that address several of the core problems that the OCD and related disorders community faces when attempting to access care — including bills that:
  • Remove barriers to treatment,
  • Increase the number of mental health clinicians, and
  • Ensure that claims for mental health services are not unfairly denied by insurance companies.

Recent Public Policy News

What Do ‘We Demand’ As An OCD Community?

August 19, 2022

Written By IOCDF Advocate Justine DeJaegher. Learn more about our advocate program and resources.  What do we as an OCD community demand? I’ve been thinking about this as we approach the Capital Pride festival in Ottawa, Canada whereI live. It takes place at the end of August every year to commemorate the “We Demand” rally of… Read more »

Public policy corner: Fall 2021

September 27, 2021

Originally published in the Fall 2021 edition of the OCD Newsletter. Greetings! This fall we invite you to visit the IOCDF Action Center, which has been re-launched with new messages that you can send to your representatives and senators in support of our 2021–22 legislative agenda. The agenda, which we detailed in the summer edition… Read more »

Our Action Center makes this easy to do! Simply select an issue area on our agenda that is important to you, fill out your information, and, if you would like, customize your email with a personal story to demonstrate why your representatives and senators should take action.

Support for Key Legislation

Expand each topic area below by clicking on the (+) sign to see the IOCDF's support of various issues and pieces of legislation.