Mental Health Capitol Day

Mental Health America of Greater Houston invites you to join us for Mental Health Day the at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Due to overwhelming demand, NAMI Metropolitan Houston, St. Joseph Clubhouse and Mental Health America of Greater Houston, are collaborating to provide a second bus for travel to Austin from

If you wish to ride on this bus, contact Natalie Cloyd at
or 713-970-4419 no later than February 21st.

A $10 registration fee is required for this event, which covers the cost of lunch.

If you are an MHA Houston Member or a Consumer,
please register directly to Andrea Usanga at
no later than February 21st. MHA Houston will cover your registration cost.

Event Info:
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, Great Hall, 2nd Floor
1300 Lavaca, Austin, Texas

CAPITOL DAY activities include:

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 a rally to draw public attention to important legislation for persons with mental illness in Texas.

1:15 pm - 3:30 pm: 
Visit 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.


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

  1. Locate your Senator and Representative on the enclosed rosters, and if possible, call their offices for an appointment on February 28 between 1:15 pm and 3:00 pm (if they are not available, please ask to meet with their Chief of Staff or health policy aide).

    If you wish to travel by bus/carpool with other advocates from your area, please contact: Houston Area: NAMI Greater Houston, Natalie Cloyd,, 713-970-4419.

    If you are an MHA Houston Member or a Consumer,
    please register directly to Andrea Usanga at
    no later than tomorrow, February 21st. MHA Houston will cover your registration cost.
  2. Complete the enclosed CAPITOL DAY Registration Form (or register online at and return it by February 15.

    Come to CAPITOL DAY prepared to learn and to have a very fulfilling and fun experience.

Don't want to ride the bus? Meet us there!

This is an opportunity for your to share your voice with
Mental Health America of Greater Houston and other advocates from around Texas
in support of more funding for mental health services!

*The Mental Illness Awareness Coalition includes: Mental Health America of Texas, NAMI Texas and the Federation of Texas Psychiatry (including the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

Organizer The Mental Illness Awareness Coalition


Thu, Feb. 28, 2013
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central


Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church
Great Hall, 2nd Floor, 1300 Lavaca
Austin, Texas