Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

2021 Kansas Mental Health Advocacy Virtual Event

  • February 17, 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • February 24, 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Zoom links will be provided to registered participants.


  • Standard registration for individual consumers, family members, providers and advocates to attend advocacy events.

    Please provide as much contact information as possible for each group guest. If you do not have an email for each guest, you can enter a dummy email.
  • Standard registration for individual consumers, family members, providers and advocates to attend advocacy events - including briefing, rally, exhibits, legislative sessions, and meetings with elected officials.

Registration is closed

SCHEDULE - All events will be provided through Zoom platform.  Participants may choose to appear on video or stream audio only.

FEBRUARY 17                                                                   


9:15 a.m. ADVOCACY WEEK & ISSUES OVERVIEW  Mary Jones, KMHC President, and Amy Campbell, Lobbyist

10:00 a.m.   MEDICAID EXPANSION - Where we are today - Hosted by Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

10:45 a.m.  ASK THE COMMISSIONER - Andrew Brown, Behavioral Health Commissioner, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

11:30 a.m.   ASK A LOBBYIST - Amy Campbell, Lobbyist, Kansas Mental Health Coalition

12 noon   LUNCHTIME LEGISLATIVE PANEL - Elected legislators talk about our issues.

1:00 p.m.   THE MENTAL HEALTH MODERNIZATION & REFORM REPORT: WHAT NOW?  Special Committee Members Greg Hennen, Four County Mental Health; Rachel Marsh, Kansas Childrens Alliance; Kyle Kessler, Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas

1:45 p.m.   PEER SERVICES - ONLINE SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES - representatives from multiple organizations share their peer based opportunities - led by Mary Jones, KMHC President

2:45 p.m.  988 - WILL KANSAS BE READY?  Steve DeVore and Monica Kurz, Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ

3:30 p.m.  YOUTH FORUM 

Young people share their work to reduce stigma associated with seeking help for mental health and suicide - featuring Zero Reasons Why.    

WEEKLONG OPPORTUNITIES                                                  

ADVOCACY HELP DESK - Daily 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Thursday Feb 18, Friday Feb 19, Monday Feb 22, Tuesday Feb 23

"ASK A LOBBYIST - Take Two" - Friday, Feb 19 3:00 p.m.  

FEBRUARY 24                                                                   


12 noon   WRAPUP EVENT    

Ongoing Activities for all participants:

Legislative Appointments - meeting with your legislators is the most important part of the Advocacy Week, and this year, that means scheduling phone conversations.  You will need to schedule your own appointments.

Legislative Committees - choose from among multiple committee meetings to view legislative workings up close.  There are many behavioral health issues under consideration this session and some of them may be on the agendas February 17.  We will update you as calendars are posted.

(c) Kansas Mental Health Coalition, P.O. Box 4744, Topeka, KS  66604  785-969-1617

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