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
Recent Public Policy News
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 »
Originally published in the Summer 2021 edition of the OCD Newsletter. Greetings! During the first half of 2021, as Congress entered a new session, legislators and staff were busy preparing new legislation for consideration and reintroducing bills that failed to pass in the previous session. Here at the IOCDF, we have been watching this process… Read more »
Make your voice heard on key mental health legislation!
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.
Take our advocacy survey
We want to hear from you about your advocacy priorities - click here to take our advocacy survey!
2021 Voices for Mental Health Hill Day
We are in the early stages of planning a follow-up to Virtual Voices for Mental Health, our online Hill Day that took place in October 2020. If you would like to participate in future events, please be sure to sign up using the link below.
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.