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:

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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

Public Policy Corner: Spring 2020

March 20, 2020

This post was originally published in the Spring 2020 edition of the OCD Newsletter. Greetings! We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead for the IOCDF Public Policy Program. In this edition of Advocacy Corner, we will dive in to an important public health issue – suicide prevention – and share some of the ways… Read more »

Public Policy Corner: Winter Update

December 26, 2019

Greetings! Welcome to the IOCDF Advocacy Corner. Since the launch of our Advocacy Program last year, we have been working hard to shape and support public policy that positively impacts all those who are affected by OCD and related disorders. We have big plans for 2020 — plans that we want to share with you!… 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.