In the wake of last month’s tragic shooting in Newtown, the National Council joined hundreds of our colleagues in the behavioral health field in signing on to a letter urging Congress and the President to strengthen federal support for mental health services. As the recent debates over federal spending cuts have shown, 2013 will be a tough year for advocates seeking greater investments in our nation’s healthcare. Yet, with so much attention in Congress focused on the dire state of our country’s mental health system, we have a unique opportunity to speak up now for lasting change.
The National Council has submitted a letter to the Obama Administration recommending four concrete actions that will increase Americans’ access to mental health & addictions services by expanding public education about mental illness and increasing the capacity of the nation’s behavioral healthcare system. But we know that alone, our efforts can only take us so far. That’s why we’ve created an online petition to give the thousands of Americans who care about behavioral health a chance to join together and make a difference! The petition requests President Obama’s support for the four recommendations outlined in our letter.
Our goal is to have at least 25,000 signatures to get an official response from the White House. Please help us reach this goal by signing the petition today! Signing on is simple. Here’s how it works:
- Click “Create an Account” on the petitions website. You will be asked to enter your name, email address, and zip code.
- When you receive a verification email, click the link to complete the registration process.
- Click “Sign This Petition” on our petition page.
2013 will be a pivotal year for behavioral health, as Congress continues to debate massive federal spending cuts and states prepare for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act on January 1, 2014. Your advocacy will be crucial to preventing cuts and promoting legislation to strengthen the behavioral health system.
Please help us start the new year off right by signing the White House petition for behavioral health today!