Children’s Mental Health Winter Advocacy Day

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

During the 2023 Children’s Mental Health Winter Advocacy Day, guest speaker Erin Raftery Ryan, Executive Director of NAMI Westside LA, aptly quoted this profound statement, setting the tone for a day filled with thoughtful conversations about how to effectively advocate for kids in California.


his annual event, organized by the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CALACAP), brought together child advocacy partners such as NAMI, Children Now, and the California Alliance of Child and Family Services to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year and issues facing children and families in California. As part of the conference, CALACAP recognized Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin and Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur as its “2023 Children’s Heroes.”

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