We Need You; Help Us Pass Mental Health Reform!
Today, we need your help with a final push to get the Mental Health Reform Act to the Senate floor for a vote this year.
You can make a difference, here’s how.
Congress is about to enter the "lame duck session," the period between the election and when the new Congress convenes in 2017.
If the mental health reform bill is not passed before the new Congress is sworn in, it must be reintroduced and go through the entire legislative process again in order to be passed by the new Congress.
This is why we need all the volunteers we can get: We want mental health reform this year, and we need your voice to make it happen!
So here’s what we’re asking: we need you to call your Senators on November 14, 2016. You can encourage friends, family members and your entire social media network to participate too.
While emailing is an option, we encourage you to make a phone call, as it takes only two minutes and leaves behind the most impact with the office.
Call your Senator and tell them to do their job!
On November 14, 2016, please call (202) 224-3121. Press #2. Enter in your zip code. And share these words:
“As a constituent, I would like the Senator to demand a vote on S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act. The House passed Mental Health Reform 422-2. The Senate should act. There is a mental health crisis in this country and this bill will help.”
Help improve mental health training and treatment
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680) includes eating disorders provisions from the Anna Westin Act of 2015, including:
- Training – Help train health professionals & school personnel on how to identify & prevent eating disorders
- Treatment – Clarify current law to include residential treatment coverage for eating disorders
The Mental Health Reform Act aims to do many other things, including:
- Supporting programs to prevent suicide
- Educating teachers and other school personnel about mental illness
- Improving government coordination of services for individuals and accountability for those programs
“May your dreaming never end and your voice never die.” – Anna Westin, anorexia sufferer, b.1979 – d. 2000