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NAMI Texas Days of Action

NAMI Texas Days of Action and Mental Health Rally

Advocacy is essential to improving access and availability of mental health care across Texas. Advocates who are able to effectively share their stories of mental illness and recovery can help to shape the policies that determine the quality of care provided to those most in need. Simply, advocacy is one of the best ways to ensure that every Texan living with a mental illness is given the opportunity for recovery.

Unfortunately, elected officials are faced with a host of competing interests that complicate policy advocacy. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prevented face-to-face outreach and may limit advocate access to legislators during the 87th Legislative Session. One consequence of limited access to policymakers may be policies and programs that fail to provide the appropriate mental health services to all Texans.

NAMI Texas Days of Action

During the 87th Legislative Session, NAMI Texas will host a series of virtual Days of Action to help advocates share their stories of mental illness and recovery with legislators, express concerns about the state of mental health care in Texas, and provide potential policy solutions. The first NAMI Texas Day of Action will be held on Friday, January 29th, between 10am and 3pm. Subsequent Days of Action will be held on the last Friday of February, March, and April. See registration information below.

To ensure that participants are prepared to meet with their legislators, NAMI Texas will host virtual policy advocacy briefings prior to each Day of Action. The advocacy briefing for NAMI Texas Day of Action #1 will be held on Monday, January 25th, at 7pm. Briefings will also be held the Monday before the Day of Action in February, March, and April. On the fourth and final Day of Action, NAMI Texas will also host a virtual Capitol Day Rally, featuring policymakers and individuals with lived experience. Members of the media will also be invited to attend (see below).

Days of Action Registration

Day of Action #1–Friday, January 29th, between 10am – 3pm
Registration opens: Saturday, January 2nd, at 8am
Registration closes: Thursday, January 14th, at 5pm
Pre-Event Brief: Monday, January 25th, at 7pm

>>>REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED

Day of Action #2–Friday, February 26th, between 10am – 3pm
Registration opens: Saturday, January 30th, at 8am
Registration closes: Thursday, February 11th, at 5pm
Pre-Event Brief: Monday, February 22nd, at 7pm

Day of Action #3–Friday, March 26th, between 10am – 3pm
Registration opens: Saturday, February 27th, at 8am
Registration closes: Thursday, March 11th, at 5pm
Pre-Event Brief: Monday, March 22nd, at 7pm

Day of Action #4–Friday, April 30th, between 12pm – 4pm
Registration opens: Saturday, April 3rd, at 8am
Registration closes: Thursday, April 15th, at 5pm
Pre-Event Brief: Monday, April 26th, at 7pm

Capitol Day Rally (Virtual)

In conjunction with the fourth and final Day of Action, NAMI Texas will host a virtual Capitol Day Rally. Individuals living with mental illness and their family members will be given an opportunity to share their stories and advocate for policies that address gaps in the mental health care continuum. State legislators will also be given an opportunity to share how their experience working in mental health policy has shaped their legislative priorities. The Capitol Day Rally is scheduled to occur at 11am on Friday, April 30th, and will be followed by fourth and final Day of Action legislative outreach meetings. Registration and presenter information will be posted as available.

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