The Office of Public and Legislative Affairs (OPLA) disseminates information to the public concerning the department's behavioral health and developmental disabilities programs and services. The office helps promote the people, programs, and services of the department through publications, broadcast and print media as well as social media. OPLA also provides support services, technical assistance, and training to the department's divisions, offices, and facilities.

The office also works with state and local officials, stakeholders, the public and other state departments to advocate for the department's objectives by advancing legislative initiatives designed to develop sound public policies relating to mental health services. OPLA helps develop legislation and represents the Department director in communications with the Governor's Office and members of the General Assembly; it monitors the progress of bills and other legislative activities, and provides legislative information to Department staff, the Mental Health Commission, and the Department's stakeholders.

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