Advocacy Day 2019

“Mayday Mayday” Advocacy Day 2019

May  8,  2019

11:00  a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

NC General Assembly, Raleigh NC

Pre-Advocacy Day Training @10:00  a.m.

Opening Session @ 11:00  a.m.

NC Archives/Cultural Resources Bldg. Auditorium

109 E Jones St., Raleigh, NC


On May 8, 2019, mental health advocates including persons with lived experience, family members, peers, and providers will convene in Raleigh to raise our voices and send a resounding “Mayday” call to action for mental health services in North Carolina.  About 4 in 10 people in North Carolina with a mental health condition received treatment in the past year.


  • Data published by the Journal of the American Medical Association on Pediatrics ranked North Carolina last among all US states for children receiving needed mental health treatment, reporting that nearly 3 out of 4 children in NC with a mental health diagnosis did not receive mental health treatment 2 ;
  • Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17 in North Carolina.
  • According to the NC Department of Public Safety, 18% of the inmate population in North Carolina’s prisons has a mental health diagnosis and an alarming 70% have either a substance use disorder or co-occurring MI and SUD diagnosis.
  • And, when it comes to treating all health conditions the same in terms of reimbursements and access, North Carolina received a “F” for mental health parity. 

Over the years, there have been substantial cuts to state funding for mental health services and major system reforms that have left our system in distress and unstable for far too many persons living with a mental illness.  We can and MUST to better.  So join us and help NAMI NC and MHA of the Central Carolinas deliver our SOS to state legislators.  Now is the time to invest in better and more MH programs including  housing and employment assistance, crisis beds, community supports and outpatient treatment.  

North Carolina’s behavioral health system  is undergoing, yet another major reform, shifting from a fee-for-service system to a managed care system.  The reform–referred to as Medicaid Transformation–is being spearheaded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.   It is important that this “transformation” is done well to prevent loss of and gaps in service access for persons living with mental illness.  “Done well” means ensuring that the voice of MH consumers, persons with lived experiences, their families, and advocates are at the table every step of the way as NC begins to enroll individuals with MI into both its “standard plans” and “tailored plans” under the new managed care system.  YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

Join us on Advocacy Day, May 8 and make your voice heard!  Click here to register

Speakers Include:


NC House of Representatives 

Representative Verla Insko (D-56)


Verla Insko


NC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH



NC Dept. of Veterans and Military Affairs

Secretary Larry Hall


*NC Governor Roy Cooper and other members of the NC General Assembly invited.


Helpful Resources to Prepare You for Advocacy Day

Click here to find out who represents you in the NC General Assembly?

Click here to get contact information for members in the NC House of Representatives to schedule a meeting

Click here to get contact information for members in the NC Senate to schedule a meeting

Tips for meeting with a legislator

NAMI NC and MHA Legislative Priorities

NC MH/DD/SUD Coalition Legislative priorities

Places to park in Raleigh near the GA

Items prohibited in the legislative buildings


Get directions to the NC Archives/Cultural Resources Building auditorium at 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh