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HD5: Hill Day Policy InstituteSunday, April 22ndNational Harbor 10-11 Supported by Netsmart
Kevin Scalia Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Thank you Netsmart for supporting Hill Day 2018!
Hill Day: Top Things to Know • Hill Day State Captains: Most states have a State Captain who is the point of contact and will coordinate Hill visits for attendees. List of Captains can be found in the App. • State Delegation Meet-up Breakfast | 7AM Cherry Blossom Ballroom: Hill Day participants gather to discuss the meeting times and logistics for the day. All Hill Day attendees are strongly encouraged to attend this breakfast. • Boxed Lunch is provided to Hill Day participants AFTER NatCon18 ends. • Hill Day materials can be collected at Registration or at the Wednesday Meet-up Breakfast at 7AM. • Buses to Capitol Hill run from 8:00AM – 6:00PM. Luggage storage on the Hill – Lutheran Church at 212 E. Capitol Street - is open until 6:00PM. Hill Day Sendoff with Special Guest | 8AM: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
Getting Around on Capitol Hill Hill Day Buses Loop from 8:00AM – 6:00PM. Bus Drop-off Point One-half block walk to Luggage Center Luggage Storage on Capitol Hill Lutheran Church at 212 E. Capitol Street - 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Update from Capitol Hill1:15pm - 1:45pmChuck Ingoglia, National Council for Behavioral HealthAl Guida, Guide Consulting Services
Breaking Down the Hill Day Asks and Talking Points1:45pm – 2:45pmChuck Ingoglia, National Council for Behavioral HealthMichael Petruzzelli, National Council for Behavioral HealthAl Guida, Guide Consulting Services
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support FY2019 funding for mental health and substance use programs. • Congress made clear its support of addiction and mental health funding in the FY 2018 omnibus spending package. Yet despite this increase in federal spending, sustained funding cuts in previous years limit Americans’ ability to access evidence-based treatments and lifesaving services and supports. • Community-based providers of mental health and addiction treatment services are struggling to meet the growing demand for services. Highlighted programs include: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, Mental Health Block Grant, Supportive Housing, Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grants and Technical Assistance, Mental Health First Aid, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, Peer Professionals Workforce, Mental Health and Substance Use Research, and more!
Hill Day 2018 Asks Cosponsor the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S.1905/H.R.3931) • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are expanding access to comprehensive addiction and mental health services in the eight participating states. • This bill would extend the eight participating states by one year and expand the program to the other 11 planning grant states for the full two years. Sponsors include Senators Stabenow (MI) and Blunt (MO) and Representatives Matsui (CA) and Lance (NJ).
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support legislation to strengthen the mental health and addiction treatment workforce. • States urgently need a larger addiction and mental health treatment and recovery support workforce to address the opioid and suicide crises. Three bills would strengthen and grow the workforce through student loan forgiveness strategies. • Target bills include: • Strengthening the Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Workforce Act (S.1453) • Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act (H.R.5102) • Improving Access to Mental Health Services Act (S.2533)
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S.1879/H.R.3032) • Would allow marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and licensed mental health counselors to directly bill Medicare for their services. • Mental health counselors and MFTs have similar training and licensure standards to similar providers already included within Medicare. • This simple fix would expand access to services for Medicare enrollees living in workforce shortage areas. Sponsors include legislators from CA, CO, IA, MD, MO, NY, OR, and VA
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support the Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.1732/H.R.3331) • Comprehensive care coordination and comparable health IT in behavioral and physical health is needed to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. • This bill would assist behavioral health providers in adopting electronic health records (EHR) by adding them to CMMI’s list of models to test and giving them the resources needed to afford these investments. Sponsors include: Senators Whitehouse (RI) and Portman (OH) and Representatives Jenkins (KS) and Matsui (CA)
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 • Opioid addiction is a public health crisis that needs a multifaceted solution. • CARA 2016 focused on a broad and coordinated response: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal. • CARA 2.0 builds on efforts to treat addiction, providing desperately-needed funding for addiction treatment including medication-assisted treatment. The bill also dedicates funding to recovery support services like recovery housing and community centers. Sponsors include legislators from LA, MN, NH, NJ, OH, RI, WA, and WV
Hill Day 2018 Asks Support the Mental Health in Schools Act (S.1370/H.R.2913) • 17 million youth have mental illness. One in four have SUD, but less than 35% receive treatment. • The legislation builds on programs that strengthen partnerships between education and community programs like local primary health, juvenile justice and child welfare entities. • Investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect health and education systems, should be prioritized. Sponsors include Senators Murphy (CT), Coons (DE), Durbin (IL), Heinrich (NM), and Representatives Napolitano (CA) and Katko (NY)
Break2:45pm – 3:00pmCoffee is available in the National Harbor Foyer.
Advocacy 101Making the Most of Your Meetings with Lawmakers3:00pm – 3:45pmMichael Petruzzelli, National Council for Behavioral HealthAl Guida, Guide Consulting Services
What to Expect on Capitol Hill • Who will I be meeting with? • How do I run a successful meeting? • How much knowledge will the staff member have about my issue? • What type of information is helpful?
Crafting Messages that Resonate (Or, the 5 “knows”)
1. Know Your Audience: WHO Who are you talking to about mental health and addiction? • Legislators • Congressional staff • Community stakeholders • Other important advocacy members
2. Know Your Audience: WHAT • What do they care about? • What are their goals? • What do they want to accomplish? • What are their pre-existing biases? • What constraints might they have?
3. Know Your Audience: WHEN • When will they be making decisions? • When should you weigh in?
4. Know Your ONE Top Goal • Change to federal law? • Revision of state regulations? • Other? “If you say three things, you say nothing.” - President Bill Clinton
What Makes a Good “Ask?” • Specific • Framed as a yes/no option • Within the policymaker’s realm of influence
Do’s and Don’ts Do say “Please vote YES on H.R. 1, to support the growth and sustainability of Clubhouses in our district.” Don’t say “Please keep Clubhouses in mind when you vote on this bill.”
Hey, it’s ok… Say, “Can we count on you to support ______?”
Figure Out the Human Element • Why must your problem be solved? • What impact is it having on the community? • Can you quantify the impact? • What one story can you tell as an example? • How will your solution solve the problem?
Tips for Telling Your Story to Congress • Start with the human impact • Explain impact on their district • Have a clear ask • Show legislators how THEY can make a difference AND… • Be honest • Be a good listener • Ask for support, don’t demand • Treat staff with respect • Show appreciation
Advanced AdvocacyCompelling Storytelling3:45pm – 4:45pmSeth TurnerDirector of Citizen EngagementCongressional Management Foundation
Questions? We look forward to seeing you at the Hill Day State Delegation Meet-up Breakfast! When: Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00AM Where: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Special Guest: Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) at 8:00AM