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

statehousePlease 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)
9:40 ~ 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.


  • NAMI Vermont will have an in-person NAMI Smarts Legislative Advocacy Training. For more information, Click here to register.
  • Vermont Care Partners had a one-hour Legislative Advocacy webinar on January 13th. The PPT slides will be shared. Link available soon.



  • Handicap Parking
  • Capitol Plaza parking lot (metered).
  • Off street parking (metered on most streets near the Statehouse, but some free street parking can be found further away)
  • Free Parking: Department of Labor parking lot on Green Mountain Drive – second left from interstate, past first traffic light. Shuttle service available.
  • Capitol Shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 7:20 am – 5:20 pm. Call 223-7287 or go to for more info
  • CAR POOLING: We encourage car pooling. Contact your co-sponsoring organization who may be able to coordinate rides from your area.

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
  • DUE JAN. 15: Nominate an individual for the Community Advocate Award Click here to learn more….
  • Sponsoring donations are welcome, but not required

For more info: Contact Laurie Emerson at NAMI Vermont at;
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 Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Survivors ~ Vermont Psychological Association ~ Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS)