We are disappointed to have to let you know we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Advocacy Day, scheduled for April 3rd. While we were working hard on converting our Advocacy Day to a virtual format, it’s clear that our legislators are extremely busy drafting laws to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. It’s important that we respect the urgency of that effort and not continue to ask for their time for phone conferences for April 3rd.
At some point, the State House will get back to “normal” business addressing this year’s budget and ongoing legislative activity. We will reschedule Advocacy Day as soon as that happens, so stay tuned! We remain committed to ensuring our voices are heard at the State House on our current priorities (read details), Thank you so much for being a willing advocate for our community and we look forward to seeing you sign up again once we reschedule.
We also want to assure you that not having Advocacy Day, does not mean that we are not advocating for supports for our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Our advocacy team is participating in many meetings and in the Mental Health coalition. We are focused on ensuring our community’s access to behavioral health care during this unusual time.
Deborah Shields JD, MPH
Executive Director, NAMI Massachusetts
Board Chair, Advocacy Committee
NAMI Mass Board of Directors