CMHACY engages in two types of advocacy.

Policy Advocacy involves efforts to influence government policy affecting public mental health services for children, youth, and their families.  More detail including organizations we partner with to affect public policy can be found on the About page of the website.

Personal Advocacy involves efforts to influence local service providers - educators, mental health services, regional centers and more - on behalf of an individual child, youth or family.  CMHACY does not provide personal advocacy services.  Workshops at our annual conference provide training and information about personal advocacy. Meet other parents with lived experience at the conference. Talk with providers and County and State administrators to gather information you seek.

Resources for personal advocacy training or personal advocacy services and supports can be found in the boxes below.

Personal Advocacy

  • Training for parents and caregivers and those who support them