Advocacy and Public Policy
MHAF volunteers and staff monitor state and federal policies that impact mental health issues locally and maintain strong ties with our representatives in the Virginia General Assembly and Congress. In partnership with Mental Health America affiliates across the Commonwealth and other mental health advocacy organizations, MHAF participates in prioritizing the legislative agenda and advocates for issues to improve the quality of life for persons with mental health needs and their families. MHAF also serves as an information resource on mental health issues for the media and other community agencies.
Age Wave - a coalition of individuals and agencies interesting in planning a community that is responsive to the needs of the growing older adult population.
Prevention Planning Partnership - A regional coalition to identify youth needs, map resources, determine gaps, then recommend and develop resources to fill critical needs
VICOMIM - educational events for laity/clergy in partnership with Virginia Interfaith Committee on Mental Illness Ministries to paint a different picture of mental illness
Partners in Community Mental Health - public, private and nonprofit agencies that collaboratively plan and conduct mental health public education awareness events during May is Mental Health month that include an Art of Recovery show, a candlelight vigil, MHAF's Walk for Mental Wellness and a luncheon for law enforcement officers to promote a dialogue between police and individuals with mental illness.
Mental Health Task Force - regional coalition convened to assess needs and improve the coordination of mental health service delivery system
Learn more about MHAF and its service to the community by calling 540-371-2704 or send an email to mhafred @ mhafred.org.