Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill

PRA is pleased to join with National Council, the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, and NAMI for a unified Hill Day event in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency, September 16-17, 2013. On the first day of the event, you will attend a full-day of sessions on federal behavioral healthcare policy. The second day is focused on spending your time on the Hill meeting with your congressional representatives and their staff to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment. Registration for this event is complimentary. Register Today!

Make a difference.
Capitol Hill Day is an important step in pursuing our legislative priorities and funding for recovery-oriented practice. Over 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders will participate to make a difference. Your advocacy efforts matter — face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy. Hill Day 2012 attendees helped:

  • Preserve Medicaid against a series of threats during deficit reduction negotiations.
  • Sign on 17 Senate and 29 House cosponsors for legislation to extend federal health IT incentive payments to behavioral health providers and organizations.
  • Win support for bills to expand the behavioral health system’s capacity and promote public education about mental illness and addictions.

 

2013 Capitol Hill Day Schedule: 



Register now and make your accommodations. Registration is complimentary and open to all.
Most Hill Day events take place at the Hyatt Regency, located right on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Reserve your hotel room at a special Hill Day rate of $279/night by calling 202.737.1234 and mentioning the National Council’s Annual Board Meeting & Lobby Day room block. Or, book your room online.

Schedule appointments with your Congressional Representatives. You can find contact information for your Senators and Representatives by accessing the House and Senate directories online at http://www.house.gov/ and http://www.senate.gov/. You can also call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask for your Senators' or Representative's office. Once you have scheduled your visits, email us at info@psychrehabassociation.org and let us know the member you'll be visiting and time of your appointment so that we can coordinate this important effort. Tips for setting up your meetings:

  • Call the offices of your elected officials to arrange your meetings for Tuesday, September 17th
  • When calling, identify yourself, including the name of the organization you represent and where you are located, and ask to speak with the health legislative assistant.
  • Specify that the purpose of your meeting is to discuss “federal healthcare policy affecting people with mental illness and addictions and the community providers who serve them.”
  • During the conversation, establish a date and meeting time.
  • Be flexible — Congressional staff schedules are busy, so take whatever time is offered – morning or afternoon – so long as the time does not conflict with your other appointments.
  • Make sure to leave plenty of time between Senate and House visits as it takes about 20 minutes to walk from the Senate side to the House side of Capitol Hill.

Questions and more information. Please contact the PRA public policy team at 703.442.2078 or info@psychrehabassociation.org with questions and information requests.