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Mental Health Advocacy Day

January 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mental Health Advocacy Day

January 29, 2020 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

(Cafeteria and Room 11)

Please join us at the State House on January 29, 2020 for Mental Health Advocacy Day. Mental health advocates, community members, and organizations will be urging lawmakers about the importance to “Support Your Community ~ Invest in Mental Health”. The agenda includes activities that will be of interest for every mental health advocate and supporter including advocacy training, opportunities to interact with legislators, providing testimony and listening to personal stories of lived experience.

ORGANIZED BY: NAMI Vermont, Vermont Care Partners, and Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Mental health advocates, peers, family members, professionals, providers, community members and mental health stakeholders.

Testimony at key legislative committees – throughout the day
8:00 ~ Bagels and Coffee with Legislators (Cafeteria)
9:00 ~ Advocacy Training with Peter Mallary and Ed Paquin (Room 11)
9:45 ~ Team Two Awards (Room 11)
10:00 ~ Welcome Address from State Leaders (Room 11)
10:30 ~ Legislative Awards and Community Advocate Awards
11:00 ~ Sharing Stories, Insights, and Poems (Room 11)
Noon ~ Lunch with Legislators (Cafeteria)
1:00 ~ Introduction to the House (House Chamber)

Attendees have the opportunity to share their lived experience story, poem, or other insights at the event. Each participant will have 3-5 minutes. Use the link above to guarantee your spot @ 11:00 a.m. in Room 11 at the State House.


  • Vermont Care Partners will have a one-hour webinar on January 13th @ noon. The webinar will be recorded. Click here to register.
  • NAMI Vermont will have an in-person NAMI Smarts Advocacy training. For more information, click here.


Opportunities of a co-sponsor include:

  • Participate in scheduled conference calls to help make Advocacy Day a success
  • Volunteer and participate the day of the event (if possible)
  • Provide testimony as requested by the Legislative Committee Chairs (if applicable)
  • Advertise Mental Health Advocacy Day with your membership/network and invite them to:
    • Attend Mental Health Advocacy Day
    • Schedule time to talk one-on-one with their legislators for breakfast and lunch
    • Participate in Advocacy Training – morning of event
    • Share their stories, insights, and/or poems
  • Nominating an individual for the Community Advocate Award
  • Sponsoring donations are welcome, but not required

CAR POOLING: We encourage car pooling. Contact your co-sponsoring organization who may be able to coordinate rides from your area.

For more info: Contact Laurie Emerson at NAMI Vermont at lemerson@namivt.org;
call 802-876-7949 x101


Alyssum ~ Another Way ~ Blueprint for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse ~ Center for Health and Learning ~ Central Vermont Perinatal Mental Health Coalition ~ Champlain Community Services ~ Clara Martin Center (CMC) ~ Collaborative Solutions Corporation (Second Spring) ~ Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) ~ Disability Rights Vermont ~ Families First Inc. ~ Green Mountain Support Services ~ GunSense Vermont ~ Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) ~ HowardCenter ~ Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS) ~ Lincoln Street ~ M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Weekend Format, at Northern Vermont University ~ Me2/Orchestra ~ NAMI Vermont ~ National Association of Social Workers-VT ~ NFI Vermont, Inc. ~ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) ~ Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) ~ Pathways Vermont ~ Postpartum Support International – Vermont (PSI VT) ~ Rutland Mental Health Services ~ Support and Services at Home (SASH) ~ Team Two ~ United Counseling Service of Bennington County, Inc. (UCS) ~ Upper Valley Services ~ Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ~ Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) ~ Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) ~ Vermont Care Partners (Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services) ~ Vermont Center for Independent Living ~ Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation ~ Vermont Department of Mental Health ~ Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council ~ Vermont Family Network ~ Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Survivors ~ Vermont Psychological Association ~ Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS)


January 29
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Vermont State House
115 State St
Montpelier, VT 05602
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