Advocacy Tools

Contacting your Government Representative:

In order to act as an advocate for mental health, the provision of a basic framework on how to connect with our representatives is critical.

Who to contact & where:
 

How to share your message in a letter:


Guidelines

  • Focus on only one policy
  • Be constructive and polite
  • Keep the letter concise and include facts, observations and statistics.
  • Avoid jargon.


Example Letter


Click here for an example of a letter (word document) supporting legislation which would increase access to care by removing limits to scope of practice.

 

 

 

 

 


Paragraph I: Introduce yourself and the Issue/policy you are addressing

  • Introduce yourself and your credentials
  • Include that you are a constituent.
  • State why you are writing the letter.
  • Name the bill or issue you are addressing.
  • Tell your legislator how the issue would impact you and those to whom you provide care.

Paragraph II: Make a Case for your Argument

  • Use facts, observations and statistics from your state or community to strengthen your argument. (Use citations if appropriate)
  • Include 2-3 sentences of your personal experience (if applicable).

Paragraph III: Affirm Action and Offer Information

  • Restate the name of the bill/policy and what action you would like your representative to take.
  • Establish yourself as resource. You are an expert in your field and can provide additional information regarding your experience, the issue/policy, and the impact of proposed legislation.
  • Request a response to your letter.
  • Thank them for their time.

 

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