Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update 2.1.17

February 1,2017

PREMIER OF THE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

We are pleased to share with you the first weekly Legislative Update from The Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Each Wednesday through the end of the 85th legislative session, we will share our progress with the MHA of Greater Houston Legislative Agenda and how you can help. We are thrilled with the responses we’ve received thus far and thank you in advance for your support in the coming months.

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Advocacy Task Force meeting on Tuesday, January 24! We are glad so many of you could make our rescheduled date after our untimely rain delay the week before. For those of you who were not able to attend, the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting is available for you. Special thanks to The Council on Recovery for welcoming us into their beautiful space.

WHO REPRESENTS ME?

Throughout the next few months, we will be asking Task Force members to reach out to their representatives and advocate on behalf of the Center for School Behavioral Health. Here is a link to find your representatives and their district and capitol offices.

 

SENATE COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

Committee assignments for the 85th Texas State Legislature have been announced! Here is a link to see who will be serving on the Senate Education Committee, including Senator Larry Taylor and Senator Paul Bettencourt from the greater Houston area.

HOW TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE WHEN YOU HAVE SOCIAL ANXIETY

One of the goals of the Task Force is to empower our members to be a part of the legislative process, but that can be nerve-racking for first timers and seasoned advocates alike. Here is a fun step by step guide on how to reach out to your representative from Echo Through The Fog. As the comic says, “It’s okay if your voice shakes!”

ACTION ITEM FOR THE WEEK!

This week’s assignment should not take longer than 2 minutes:

Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! We will be using these social networks to mobilize as the legislature heats up so be sure you are connected!

 

As always, if you are interested in joining our Rapid Response Team (RRT), please email Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org

Thank you very much!

Betsy Blanks

Rebecca Fowler

Annalee Gulley

Janet Pozmantier

Lauren Pursley