Leadership and Regional Directors’ Tool Kit
The purpose of this toolkit is to assist FMHCA’s Leadership and Regional Directors in initiating a Barnstorm Your Legislators Campaign.
This toolkit was built upon AMHCA’s November, 2017 campaign to contact Congressmen and Senators in Washington, DC to co-sponsor HR 3032 and S 1879, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act.
If passed into law, the number of Mental Health Providers under Medicare will increase by nearly two thirds and create broader access to services in the underserved areas of Florida.
Florida is 49th in spending on the mental health needs of its population. Suicide rate among seniors is 14th in the nation.
Seniors are vulnerable to Opioid Dependence, and there is a dire shortage of Medicare Mental Health Providers.
Included in this toolkit are the following:
The challenge to Regional Directors and other FMHCA leaders is to create a plan in order to maximize the resources in this toolkit and implement a plan to ensure we have our legislators’ attention.
Thank you to AMHCA for providing the foundation for this campaign as we continue to drive the Medicare Message home in Washington.
Florida Seniors Need MH Counselors Campaign
ABOUT THE SENIORS MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS IM-PROVEMENT ACT
If passed by the U.S. Congress, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 1879/HR 3032) would include licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists as eligible recipients of Medicare funding.
FMHCA members can advocate for these bills through Twitter and Facebook to Senate and House offices, so we can
build support for and pass S. 1879/HR 3032 into law. We need your help to pressure your Representatives along
with Senators Rubio and Nelson to support the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Calls to identified Senator and Representatives listed below.
Facebook posts, tagging targeted Members of Congress.
Twitter posts, tagging targeted Members of Congress.
Florida Seniors Need MH Counselors Campaign
TWEET and FACEBOOK OUR SENATORS
Below are the 2 Senators that we need to contact! Please be sure to Post, and Tweet, requesting support for S. 1879
Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act. Keep it simple and to the point.
Senators: Right Click on Facebook address for hyperlink.
We have the tools, we have the means, we have momentum, now let’s get the ball rolling and get our legislators behind this pivotal legislation!
Senator Marco Rubio
305-418-8553 (Doral, FL)
561-775-3360 (Palm Beach Gardens)
Senator Bill Nelson
239-334-7760 (Ft. Myers)
561-514-0189 (West Palm Beach)
Taking only 3 minutes out of your day, use the script below and make the call your Senators and Representatives. Research
shows that Representatives receiving a large number of calls makes an immediate impact on the office and encourages support.
Hello, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent and a mental health counselor from [CITY, STATE].
I’m calling to ask the SENATOR/ REPRESENTATIVE [NAME] to support the Seniors Mental Health Access
Improvement Act (S. 1879/HR 3032).
Studies show that 730,000 Seniors on Medicare are at risk for opioid addiction, and the incidence of alcohol abuse among the elderly has doubled. However, there’s a shortage of mental health and substance abuse providers in the Medicare system! This bill would allow cost-effective providers like myself to treat these seniors under Medicare, and help do our part in addressing the opioid epidemic.
This legislation will increase the number of qualified, licensed mental health providers in this state by nearly two thirds.
[Give a short example about a senior you know who needed substance abuse
treatment who couldn’t get it or a personal story of how a mental health counselor can make an impact.]
TWEET AT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
@YourSenator or Rep I’m a constituent from [City] and studies show 730 thousand Seniors on Medicare are at risk for opioid addiction. We need more mental health counselors to help treat Seniors. Please sign on to S. 1879 HR 3032.
.@YourSenatorOrRep I’m a constituent from [City] and there’s a shortage of Medicare mental health/addiction providers in Florida. Please sign on to S. 1879 HR 3032.
You will want to reword the statements below so as not to come across as part of a cookie cutter project.
@SenatorX, Regarding S. 1879, the Seniors’ Mental Health Access Improvement Act. I am a constituent from [City] and a mental health counselor. There’s a shortage of mental health and substance abuse providers in the Medicare system, despite an increase in mental health and addiction disorders among seniors. This shortage can be addressed in a cost-effective manner by increasing the number of Medicare Mental Health Providers by nearly two thirds.
@RepX, I am from [City] and your constituent. Research shows that the incidence of substance use and mental health disorder increases in elderly populations. We need licensed mental health counselors available to address this issue in a cost-effective manner by increasing the number of Mental Health Providers in Medicare by nearly two thirds. I ask you to co-sponsor HR 3032, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act.