Advocacy Basics

NAMI Sioux Falls’  ongoing advocacy work builds support for public policies to increase funding, improve access to mental health services, and support effective recovery programs for people with mental illness.

We do not provide one-on-one advocacy, case management, counseling, legal resources/services, or client advocacy. If you are seeking assistance in that area call 2-1-1 or try the resources section for suggestions on how to find help.

Referral Process

NAMI Sioux Falls does not turn anyone away. If we do not have a program that fits your needs, we refer you to an agency that does or will work with you to find a solution. Call 605-610-7226 and ask NAMI Sioux Falls how we are able to assist your mental health challenges.


Advocacy Information

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a set of actions targeted to support a specific cause, policy, or proposal. There are two types of advocacy: systems and individual advocacy. Both are critical to furthering our advocacy priorities.

Individual Advocacy

Focuses on changing the situation for a particular individual and protecting his/her rights.

Systems Advocacy

Focuses on changing the situation for groups of individuals who share similar problems through policy.

Why is Advocacy Important?

Advocacy allows legislators to hear directly from their constituents about the needs of their communities and to learn more about the issues that are important to them. Hearing from those directly affected by mental illness is a crucial component of NAMI Sioux Falls’ advocacy efforts and has helped us work collaboratively with other committed groups to make changes in Sioux Falls.

What Can I Do?

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