May 4, 2005 marked the first-ever Children's Mental Health Summit Day across the U.S, with activities taking place nationwide through organizations including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Mental Health Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Children's Partnership, in collaboration with The Child and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership will host a rally and press conference at the Texas State Capitol. We will celebrate 'Communities Caring for Children Together.' This event will focus attention on how systems of care are transforming mental health care systems for children, youth and families.
Following are the various activities that relate to Children's Mental Health Summit Day:
April 15, May 1 – Distribution of green awareness ribbons across Austin and Travis to inspire action to meet the prevention and treatment needs of children, youth and adults with mental health issues and their families.
Tuesday, May 3 – Families impacted by children's mental health issues making visits to legislators at the State Capitol, including the presentation of ribbons and background materials regarding the issue of children's mental health in Texas.
Wednesday, May 4 – Rally and press conference at 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. on the south steps of the State Capitol. The event will offer a chance for families, agencies and legislators to gather and raise awareness of the latest issues relating to children's mental health. The purpose also would be an opportunity to generate media coverage for the purpose of carrying our message to the general public.