Amplify Your Voice on Capitol Hill with a Letter to the Editor

by Rebecca Farley on November 10, 2011

Writing a letter is easy with our 4-step toolkit!

The National Council would like to take a moment to thank the thousands of individuals who responded to our call to action and signed on to a national letter urging Congress to preserve Medicaid and behavioral health services during the Supercommittee negotiations.

Together, we’re making our voices heard in Washington. But the fight isn’t over yet – members of the Supercommittee continue to propose savings plans that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from important health programs, including the healthcare safety net. With a deal yet to be struck, NOW is the time for us to keep fighting for these critical programs!

Legislators need to keep hearing from their constituents about the impact these cuts could have in their districts – they need to hear from YOU.

A Simple Way to Amplify Your Message – and Your Impact

Members of Congress monitor local media to get the pulse of public opinion in their districts.

By writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, you can help sway opinions.

Whether this is your first time writing a letter to the editor, or if your letters are published on a weekly basis, the process is easy.

Just follow these 4 steps:

1. Pick the letter template you want to use: to get you started, we’ve written one with a consumer focus and one with a provider focus.

2. Fill in the brackets [ ] with information about your organization or community.

3. Look at your most recent copy of the local newspaper to find out how to submit letters. You’ll usually find an email or mailing address in the small print on the back of the front page. Many newspapers also have easy online forms for submitting letters.

4. If your letter is published, email Rebecca Farley at to let us know!

Need inspiration? Check out these letters by your colleagues from Michigan, Massachusetts and California to see how they put this toolkit to work:

As always, thank you for your tireless advocacy on behalf of the behavioral health safety net!

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