Network faithful - As soon as President Obama finished his remarks at the service for victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, calls for increased attention and change to mental health services for children and their families have been flooding the White House. We here at the Network encourage you to get involved with as many of these efforts as possible. We need to flood the White House with citizen voice. Over the next two weeks we will be highlighting different organization efforts to bring a collective voice to the White House calling for changed. As always, read what groups are advocating for before signing on, but we think the more you know, the more opportunity you have to share your voice, the better.
The National Council for Behavioral Health has just begun a petition drive to give people who care about behavioral health a chance to sign on to a letter urging Congress and the President to strengthen federal support for mental health services. They need 25,000 signatures to get an official response from the White House and we are pleased to help them out. Here is what the Council is recommending in the letter to the President. Below that are instructions for how you can get involved and add your voice. The Network is on board and we hope you will be as well.
National Council appeal e-blast:
- In the wake of last month’s tragic shooting in Newtown, the National Council joined hundreds of our colleagues in the behavioral health field in signing on to a letter urging Congress and the President to strengthen federal support for mental health services. As the recent debates over federal spending cuts have shown, 2013 will be a tough year for advocates seeking greater investments in our nation’s healthcare. Yet, with so much attention in Congress focused on the dire state of our country’s mental health system, we have a unique opportunity to speak up now for lasting change. The National Council has submitted a letter to the Obama Administration recommending four concrete actions that will increase Americans’ access to mental health & addictions services by expanding public education about mental illness and increasing the capacity of the nation’s behavioral healthcare system. But we know that alone, our efforts can only take us so far. That’s why we’ve created an online petition to give the thousands of Americans who care about behavioral health a chance to join together and make a difference! The petition requests President Obama’s support for the four recommendations outlined in our letter. Our goal is to have at least 25,000 signatures to get an official response from the White House. Please help us reach this goal by signing the petition today! Signing on is simple. Here’s how it works:
- 2013 will be a pivotal year for behavioral health, as Congress continues to debate massive federal spending cuts and states prepare for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act on January 1, 2014. Your advocacy will be crucial to preventing cuts and promoting legislation to strengthen the behavioral health system. Please help us start the new year off right by signing the White House petition for behavioral health today!