2023 NAMI Mass Advocacy Day Logo, with gold dome state house on the left of the text
April 3rd – 5th, 2023

Thank you for helping us host another successful Advocacy Day!

We are so happy to have successfully completed 2023 NAMI Mass Advocacy Day. Thank you for your time, effort, and advocacy.

2023 Advocacy Day Schedule
  • Day 1: Monday, April 3rd: Speaker Programs

    Panels will be streamed live on NAMI Mass Facebook. Registration not required. Facebook account not required. Read All Panelist Bios

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Crisis Response in Massachusetts Panel
    • Vesper Moore, Chief Operating Officer of the Kiva Centers
    Becky Barnett, Community Relations Manager at Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line
    Kelley Cunningham, Director of Division of Violence and Injury Prevention at MA DPH
    Emily R. Bailey, Chief of Behavioral Health at MassHealth
    Julie Hwayoung Shepherd, Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health Services at Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
    Moderated by Jacqueline Hubbard, Esq., Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Communications at NAMI Mass

    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Promoting Mental Health Equity in Massachusetts Panel
    • Dr. Kevin Simon, Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the City of Boston
    • Michael Curry, Esq., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
    • Senator Pavel Payano, MA State Senator for the First Essex District
    • Heidi HyunJin Lee, Case Manager at Boston Health Care for the Homeless
    • Dr. Charmain F. Jackman, Psychologist, Speaker, Consultant, Founder/CEO of InnoPsych
    • Moderated by Dr. Myisha Rodrigues, Executive Director at NAMI Massachusetts


  • Day 2: Tuesday, April 4th: NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training

    Learn how to tell your story in 2 minutes and capture your legislator’s attention. Registration required.

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm: NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Storytelling: Sharing Your Story Training

    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Appointments with the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications (PAC) Department


  • Day 3: Wednesday, April 5th: Legislator Meetings

    Meet with your legislators to make an ‘ask.’ Registration required.

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Time frame for Appointments with Senators

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Time frame for Appointments with Representatives

Promoting Mental Health Equity in MA Panel
Contact us to learn more about Advocacy Day:
Jacqueline Hubbard, Esq. 
Policy Director
Amanda Stone
Communications & Public Policy Specialist