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Mental Health Advocacy Day
January 29, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

statehouseWhat a great turnout at Mental Health Advocacy Day on January 30, 2019!! Over 200 advocates showed up at the State House on a snowy day in Vermont. People met with policy makers to share their lived experience and advocate for an improved system of care. People were there to also share the best practices and what has been working well.

The Legislative Champion Award was presented to Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe. In appreciation for outstanding commitment, dedication, and leadership for the Community Mental Health.

Community Advocate Awards were presented to:

  • Julie Cunningham
  • Marla Simpson
  • Sarah Holland
  • Malaika Puffer

The Award Criteria are based on the following:

  • Exemplifies outstanding commitment and service to advocate on behalf of individuals with a mental health condition or developmental disability
  • Demonstrates a passion and commitment to support individuals with a mental health condition or developmental disability
  • Advocates on state policy and/or funding to advance and improve the community based system of care
  • Active in statewide committees or groups that address mental health or developmental disability
  • Supports individuals to promote their recovery and/or integration in community life
  • Educates the community about mental health and/or developmental disabilities
  • Uses effective advocacy strategies to overcome challenges and barriers for individuals in the community

Hosted and organized by:
NAMI Vermont
Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
 Vermont Care Partners

A Special Thanks to our 2019 Co-Sponsors: Alyssum ~ Bi-State Primary Care ~ Brattleboro Retreat ~ Cathedral Square ~ Center for Health and Learning ~ 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 Self Advocates ~ Green Mountain Support Services ~ Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) ~ Howard Center ~ Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS) ~ Lincoln Street ~ Me2/Orchestra ~ M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Weekend Format, at Northern Vermont University ~ NAMI Vermont ~ NFI Vermont, Inc. ~ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) ~ Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) ~ Pathways Vermont ~ Porter Medical ~ 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) ~ UVM Health Network ~ Upper Valley Services ~ Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ~ Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) ~ Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems ~ 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 Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Survivors ~ Vermont Psychological Association ~ Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS) ~ Wellness Workforce Coalition

For more info: Contact Laurie Emerson at NAMI Vermont at;
call 802-876-7949 x101