Pre-Conference Info

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MACMHC Pre-Conference Advocacy Training

 Date: January 13, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Hilton-Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, MS 39211


Trainers:   Sita Diehl - Director of State Policy and Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Chuck Ingoglia - Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH)


Zandrea Ware - CEO for the Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers (MACMHC)


The Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers would like to cordially invite mental health personnel, consumers, family members, and friends to our 2nd Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Advocacy Training. The Advocacy Training will provide participants the opportunity to sharpen their advocacy skills and be trained by nationally-recognized trainers in the profession. We ask that all interested parties join us for this training, as we are committed to strengthening the advocacy efforts in our State and improving Mississippi’s mental health system.


To advance dialogue between policymakers, providers, consumers, family members, and advocates, towards a stronger voice on mental health among state and local communities in Mississippi. The intent is to engage stakeholders in the design and implementation of effective mental health and substance use policies and programs..

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be updated about recent advances and current trends in the field of mental health legislation and policies.
  2. Participants will learn how to deliver personal perspectives in a way that makes an impact on policymakers.
  3. Participants will learn how to orchestrate successful meetings with elected officials
  4. Participants will learn the value of working in partnership with allies to advance policy priorities.


Registration for the pre-conference advocacy training is $25 per participant. This does not include travel to the conference or regular conference sessions. Limited scholarship opportunities are available.

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All interested individuals and organizations are requested to register at or contact FTC Prevention Services, LLC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 4, 2014.

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Info about Our Lead Trainer

Sita Diehl is the Director of State Policy and Advocacy for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She served as Executive Director of NAMI Tennessee from 2004 to 2010 and has been a supporter of mental health peer and family empowerment in Canada, Oregon and Wisconsin and Tennessee. She earned her MSSW from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in Community Psychology from Antioch University.

In the course of her work at NAMI she has co-authored several reports on the state budget crisis, military and veterans’ mental health needs and Medicaid expansion. Her work also includes development of several curricula, most notably the BRIDGES program, a peer taught curriculum for peers living with mental illness. She has developed a range of mental health curricula for individuals living with mental illness, families, mental health care providers and criminal justice personnel. Her research experience includes a two state comparison of the effect of public managed behavioral health care on women and children, a multi-site study of consumer-operated services and a longitudinal study of mental health services in Tennessee county jails.



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