Congress Begins August Recess – Action Needed on Health Reform Legislation
Both the House and Senate have begun their month-long summer recess and members of Congress will be in their states and districts until September 8. Pressure is mounting on Senators and House members on the critical issue of health care reform and the voice of consumers and families needs to be heard.
Individuals living with mental illness and their families are strongly encouraged to reach out to members of Congress as they make appearances in their states and congressional districts over the next four weeks. Advocates should reach out to members of Congress through:
Requesting meetings with them in their state and district offices,
Attending congressional town meetings and “listening sessions,”
Calling into appearances on local radio programs,
Talking to them at community parades, picnics and other public appearances (ribbon cuttings, Rotary Clubs, etc.), and