Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The lived experience of a mood disorder must be represented everywhere decisions are being made that affect mental health care. To that end, DBSA is pleased to join NAMI, MHA, and other national behavioral health organizations as a National Council Hill Day 2013 partner. We are indeed stronger together and by joining forces and voices, we can make the most impact.
What happens at Hill Day?
Each year, 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders come to Washington, D.C. for the National Council’s Hill Day. Participants attend a full day of sessions on federal behavioral healthcare policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment.
What issues will we talk to our Members of Congress about?
The National Council and partnering organizations have outlined 5 key asks for this visit:
- Please cosponsor the Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 264/H.R. 1263).
- Please Co-sponsor the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (H.R. 2957)
- Please Co-sponsor the Mental Health First Aid Act (S. 153/H.R. 274)
- Push for action on Mental Health Awareness & Improvement Act (S. 689)
- Support the Senate Appropriations Committee spending levels for FY2014
What can YOU do at Hill Day?
Your voice at Hill Day makes a difference! Your advocacy efforts matter—face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy. DBSA will be sending a contingent of staff, board members, and select chapter representatives to ensure the peer voice is heard. But our voices are stronger as a chorus and as such, we hope you’ll consider joining us if you are able to be in Washington, D.C., September 16-17. If you’d like to be part of the DBSA contingency, be sure to select DBSA as your partner organization when you register.
Hill Day 2013
September 16-17, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Register free and book your hotel room today!
Help us ensure the peer voice is loud and strong this September! Learn all the details about the National Council Hill Day 2013 and how you can be a part of it.