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Aug 12, 2019

Join 700 of Your Colleagues On Capitol Hill in September

Here’s your chance to advocate for counseling, mental health, and Medicare reimbursement in Washington, DC!  The American Counseling Association is teaming up with the National Council for Behavioral Health for their Hill Day – which will be held on Tuesday, September 17th - Wednesday, September 18th, 2019.  On the 17th, there will be a full day of speakers, breakout sessions, and prep sessions so that you will be ready to meet with your representatives. 

Learn skills you can use in Washington and your state’s capitol. You do not need to be an expert on Congress or how laws are made. You are an expert on counseling and that is all anyone expects.

Tuesday sessions will include:

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Effective Advocacy
  • State Delegation Meet-Up: Talking Points Review
  • Building Your Advocacy Network Beyond Health Care
  • State of the Budget: Appropriations in FY2020
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics: An Update from Washington
  • Stories from the Field: Highlighting State Successes in Advocacy
  • Realizing the Promise of Parity
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Health

On Wednesday, you advocate on Capitol Hill! The legislation that will allow licensed professional counselors to be reimbursed by Medicare (S.286 and HR.945) is one of the four bills that hundreds of mental health professionals will be supporting during the day. Add your voice in meetings with your Congressional delegation! (We schedule them for you.)

Register soon—attendance is free. There will be an informational webinar on August 22nd to help you get ready. You only need to cover your transportation and a hotel room. Learn more about the ACA/NCBH Hill Day here.

See you in DC!

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