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:

Recent Public Policy News

OCD Capital Walk: A message from our Grand Marshal, Shannon Shy

September 20, 2017

  Shannon Shy is the President of the IOCDF Board of Directors, a Member of OCD Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors, and now, the Grand Marshal of the OCD Capital Walk!  In the following letter, Shannon shares what the OCD Capital Walk means to him and why it is such an important addition to OCD Awareness Week. Hello!… Read more »

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.
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.

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.

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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.