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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:

  • Information about HR 3032 and S 1879. Use of Twitter and Facebook as means of contact.
  • Telephone Number: Congressmen & Senators
  •  Roster of Florida Congressmen and their Districts.
  • A map showing Florida’s Congressional Districts.
  • Twitter Handles.
  • Facebook Addresses with hyperlink to each.
  • Sample Scripts to adapt and individualize.

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.

OVERALL GOAL

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.

Marco Rubio

Florida

@Marcorubio

https://www.facebook.com/MarcoRubio   

Bill Nelson

Florida

@SenBillNelson

https://www.facebook.com/billnelson



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!


Contact Senators:

Senator Marco Rubio                  

202-224-3041  (WDC)                        

202-224-304 (Tampa)             

407-254-2573 (Orlando)

305-418-8553 (Doral, FL)      

561-775-3360 (Palm Beach Gardens)

 904-354-4300 (Jacksonville)              

Senator Bill Nelson                  

202-224-5274 (WDC)            

954-693-4851 (Broward)        

239-334-7760 (Ft. Myers)

904-346-4500 (Jacksonville) 

305-536-5999 (Miami-Dade)  

888-671-4091 (Orlando)

850-942-8415 (Tallahassee)    

813-225-7040 (Tampa)           

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.

CALL SCRIPT

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.]



District


Name


Phone #

1st

Gaetz, Matt

(202) 225-4136

2nd

Dunn, Neal

(202) 225-5235

3rd

Yoho, Ted

(202) 225-5744

4th

Rutherford, John

(202) 225-2501

5th

Lawson, Al

(202) 225-0123

6th

DeSantis, Ron

(202) 225-2706

7th

Murphy, Stephanie

(202) 225-4035

8th

Posey, Bill

(202) 225-3671

9th

Soto, Darren

(202) 225-9889

10th

Demings, Val

(202) 225-2176

11th

Webster, Daniel

(202) 225-1002

12th

Bilirakis, Gus M.

(202) 225-5755

13th

Crist, Charlie

(202) 225-5961

14th

Castor, Kathy

(202) 225-3376

15th

Ross, Dennis

(202) 225-1252

16th

Buchanan, Vern

(202) 225-5015

17th

Rooney, Tom

(202) 225-5792

18th

Mast, Brian

(202) 225-3026

19th

Rooney, Francis

(202) 225-2536

20th

Hastings, Alcee L.

(202) 225-1313

21st

Frankel, Lois

(202) 225-9890

22nd

Deutch, Ted

(202) 225-3001

23rd

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

(202) 225-7931

24th

Wilson, Frederica

(202) 225-4506

25th

Diaz-Balart, Mario

(202) 225-4211

26th

Curbelo, Carlos

(202) 225-2778

27th

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana

(202) 225-3931

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.

FACEBOOK POSTS

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.

United States House of Representatives Florida Delegation   Twitter Handles and Facebook Addresses

Name

District

Twitter Handle

Facebook Address

Demings, Val

FL 10th

@Val_Demings

https://www.facebook.com/Val.Demings

Webster, Daniel

FL 11th

@RepWebster

https://www.facebook.com/RepWebster

Bilirakis, Gus M.

FL 12th

@RepGusBilirakis

https://www.facebook.com/GusBilirakis

Crist, Charlie

FL 13th

@CharlieCrist

https://www.facebook.com/CharlieCrist

Castor, Kathy

FL 14th

@USRepKCastor

https://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor

Ross, Dennis

FL 15th

@RepDennisRoss

https://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376

Buchanan, Vern

FL 16th

@VernBuchanan

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBuchanan

Rooney, Tom

FL 17th

@TomRooney

https://www.facebook.com/reptomrooney

Mast, Brian

FL 18th

@BrianMastFL

https://www.facebook.com/BrianMastFL

Rooney, Francis

FL 19th

@FrancisRooney

https://www.facebook.com/Francis-Rooney-1630804517180066/

Gaetz, Matt

FL 1st

@MattGaetz

https://www.facebook.com/RepresentativeMattGaetz

Hastings, Alcee L.

FL 20th

@RepHastingsFL

https://www.facebook.com/Congressman-Alcee-L-Hastings-95696782238

Frankel, Lois

FL 10th

@RepLoisFrankel

https://www.facebook.com/RepLoisFrankel

Deutch, Ted

FL 11th

@RepTedDeutch

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedDeutch

Wasserman Schultz, D

FL 12th

@RepDWStweets

https://www.facebook.com/RepDWS

Wilson, Frederica

FL 13th

@RepWilson

https://www.facebook.com/RepWilson

Diaz-Balart, Mario

FL 14th

@MarioDB

https://www.facebook.com/mdiazbalart

Curbelo, Carlos

FL 15th

@RepCurbelo

https://www.facebook.com/RepCurbelo

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana

FL 16th

@RosLehtinen

https://www.facebook.com/iroslehtinen

Dunn, Neal

FL 17th

@DrNealDunn

https://www.facebook.com/NealDunnForCongress

Yoho, Ted

FL 18th

@RepTedYoho

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedYoho

Rutherford, John

FL 19th

@JRutherfordFL

https://www.facebook.com/JohnRutherfordFL

Lawson, Al

FL 1st

@AlLawsonJr

https://www.facebook.com/AlLawsonJr

DeSantis, Ron

FL 20th

@RepDeSantis

https://www.facebook.com/RepDeSantis

Murphy, Stephanie

FL 10th

@SMurphyCongress

https://www.facebook.com/SMurphyCongress

Posey, Bill

FL 11th

@congbillposey

https://www.facebook.com/bill.posey15

Soto, Darren

FL 9th

@USRepDarrenSoto

https://www.facebook.com/DarrenSotoFL


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