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Capitol Day Rally and Registration

You are Cordially Invited to Advocate for Mental Health at the Texas Capitol by Participating in the Mental Illness Awareness Coalition's*

Every Odd Year (2017)
Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center
First United Methodist Church
Great Hall, 2nd Floor
1300 Lavaca
Austin, Texas

Please join the Coalition for a day of advocacy for mental health at the Texas Capitol. Activities include:

  • Advocacy Workshop- receive briefings on key legislative issues and tips on effective legislative advocacy.
  • Box Lunch- enjoy a brief lunch with friends.
  • Rally on the South steps of the Capitol - participate in rally to draw public attention to important legislation for persons with mental illnesses in Texas.
  • Visits with members of the Legislature- visit members of the Legislature in teams of advocates to encourage support of needed legislation.
  • Reception - Wrap-up your visit to the capitol with refreshments and sharing of your experience.

Steps to take to fully participate in CAPITOL DAY and this opportunity to advocate for quality psychiatric care and the best interests of patients:

Locate your Senator and Representative by clicking the link below, and if possible, call their offices for an appointment on February 8th between 1:15 pm and 3:00 pm (if they are not available, please ask to meet with their Chief of Staff or legislative health policy aide).

Click here to see who represents you [http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx]

All registration must be paid by Friday, February 3rd, and we are collecting registration fee now.

The Itinerary for February 16th is as follows:

5:30 am - Departure from University Christian Church - 2720 S University Drive, Fort Worth - On a wonderful bus with a restroom, you may sleep on the way.

10:00 am - 11:45 am: Advocacy Workshop- receive briefings on key legislative issues and tips on effective legislative advocacy.

11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Box Lunch- enjoy a brief lunch with friends.

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm: Rally on the South steps of the Capitol - participate in rally to draw public attention to important legislation for persons with mental illnesses in Texas.

1:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Visits with members of the Legislature- visit members of the Legislature in teams of advocates to encourage support of needed legislation.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Reception - Wrap-up your visit to the capitol with refreshments and sharing of your experience.

7:30 pm - Arrival in Fort Worth at University Christian Church - NAMI General Meeting - Dinner -

The Texas legislative session only lasts for 140 days, so it's time to act NOW to receive legislative alerts concerning Mental Health issues.

Click here to sign up for legislative alerts