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“You, Your Experience – Together, Our Voice” THIS IS NOT A TEST! Preparing for Your Capitol Hill Visit Todd Handler– Member, State and Local Policy Subcommittee.

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1 “You, Your Experience – Together, Our Voice” THIS IS NOT A TEST! Preparing for Your Capitol Hill Visit Todd Handler– Member, State and Local Policy Subcommittee

2 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT WHAT WE’LL COVER OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING POINTS TO REMEMBER DURING & AFTER YOUR OFFICE VISIT Q & A

3 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT THREE KEY DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN THIS VISIT AND OTHER MEETINGS ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION, EDUCATION & RESEARCH LOCATION: CAPITOL HILL AUDIENCE: MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS AND/OR THEIR LEGISLATIVE AIDES PURPOSE: PUBLIC POLICY INITIATIVES

4 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT NOT A TEST YOU REQUESTED THE MEETING NOT EXPECTED TO BE AN EXPERT ENGAGE THE AIDE DRAW ON YOUR EXPERIENCE USE TALKING POINTS BE PUNCTUAL BE YOURSELF

5 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT YOUR PREPARATION AND MEETING WILL BE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE AND REASON FOR ATTENDING THIS FORUM THE “TALKING POINTS” ARE THE SAME FOR EVERYONE BUT YOUR WAY OF COMMUNICATING IS IMPORTANT TO PUTTING A FACE ON THE ISSUES AND INITIATIVES

6 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING FIRST TWO THINGS TO CONSIDER: HOW MUCH TIME HOW MANY DELEGATES ATTENDING

7 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING LENGTH OF INTRODUCTION DEPTH & NUMBER OF ISSUES YOU WILL COVER WILL HELP DETERMINE FLOW OF CONVERSATION

8 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING BRIEF MEETING OUTLINE WITH AIDE: BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF AFSP, YOUR ROLE & WHY YOU ARE ATTENDING THE FORUM HIGHLIGHT & DISCUSS AFSP/SPAN USA PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE BRIEFS Q & A

9 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING ENGAGE AIDE AFTER INTRODUCTION: ARE THEY A SURVIVOR OF SUICIDE LOSS OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO DIED BY SUIDICE? ARE THEY FAMILIAR WITH AFSP/SPAN USA? HAS MEMBER SUPPORTED PAST SUICIDE PREVENTION LEGISLATION? ALL GOOD WAYS TO LEAD INTO DISCUSSION

10 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING FAMILIAR WITH AFSP & SPAN/USA: “AFSP IS THE LEADING NATIONAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING SUICIDE.” “OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE HAVE BECOME A GLOBAL FORCE IN RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY, AND REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISORDERS AND THOSE IMPACTED BY SUICIDE.”

11 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING FAMILIAR WITH AFSP & SPAN/USA: “THE AFSP PUBLIC POLICY OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING EFFORTS TO EDUCATE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, LEGISLATORS AND NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ABOUT IMPORTANT SUICIDE RESEARCH AND PREVENTION INITIATIVES, AS WELL AS ON THE NEEDS AND GOALS OF THE SURVIOR COMMUNITY.” “SPAN USA IS DEDICATED TO PREVENTING SUICIDE THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS, COMMUNITY ACTION AND FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY.” “IN MAY 2010, AFSP MERGED WITH SPAN USA TO STRENGTHEN ADVOCACY AND TO HAVE A GREATER INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC POLICY.” SPAN USA IS NOW THE PUBLIC POLICY DIVISION OF AFSP

12 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING 3 IMPORTANT ACTS: GARRETT LEE SMITH MEMORIAL ACT JOSHUA OMVIG VETERANS SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT WELLSTONE DOMENICI MENTAL HEALTH PARITY & ADDICTION EQUITY ACT

13 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING GARRETT LEE SMITH MEMORIAL ACT IN 2004, THE GLSMA WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN MEMORY OF OREGON SENATOR GORDON SMITH’S SON, GARRETT, WHO DIED BY SUICIDE IN 2003 THE NATION’S FIRST SUICIDE PREVENTION BILL THE ACT CREATED A GRANT PROGRAM AT THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (SAMHSA) TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES TO REDUCE SUICIDE IN 2009, SAMHSA ANNOUNCED $4.5 MILLION IN SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANTS FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

14 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING JOSHUA OMVIG VETERANS SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT THE JOVSPA, WHICH BECAME LAW IN 2007, WAS NAMED AFTER A 22-YEAR-OLD ARMY RESERVIST WHO SUFFERED FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, OR PTSD, FOLLOWING AN 11-MONTH TOUR OF DUTY IN IRAQ AND TOOK HIS OWN LIFE IN 2005 MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS STAFF MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AND TREATMENT FOR VETERANS WHO RECEIVE VA CARE SUPPORT OUTREACH AND EDUCATION FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES & PEER COUNSELING SUPPORT SUICIDE PREVENTION RESEARCH IN THE MILITARY

15 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR YOUR OFFICE MEETING WELLSTONE DOMENICI MENTAL HEALTH PARITY & ADDICTION EQUITY ACT IN 2008, THIS ACT WAS PASSED TO ENSURE THAT INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS WAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER ILLNESSES TO ELIMINATE INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION OF THOSE IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE TREATMENT FOR ILLNESSES THAT CAN LEAD TO SUICIDE

16 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR & DURING YOUR OFFICE MEETING IF APPLICABLE, USE ACTS TO DEMONSTRATE HOW A MEMBER’S SUPPORT HAS PROMOTED SUICIDE PREVENTION, RESEARCH & EDUCATION OR HOW HIS OR HER SUPPORT IS NEEDED TO SPONSOR A FUTURE BILL THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS OR HER SUPPORT OF ANY SUICIDE PREVENTION LEGISLATION USE ACTS TO LEAD INTO DISCUSSION OF POLICY INITIATIVES WITH TALKING POINTS

17 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT ORGANIZING FOR & DURING YOUR OFFICE MEETING HIGHLIGHT & DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE BRIEFS: USE FACT SHEET & TALKING POINTS TO STRUCTURE DISCUSSION REFER TO TALKING POINTS TO PERSONALIZE THE ISSUES TO YOU, YOUR DISTRICT OR YOUR STATE HIGHLIGHT ONE OR TWO KEY PARTS OF THE ISSUE BRIEF USE PHRASES LIKE “URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT…” & “ENCOURAGE REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON TO SUPPORT THE REAUTHORIZATION OR REAPPROPRIATION OF…” ASK MEMBER TO SIGN ON AS A CO-SPONSOR TO MENTAL HEALTH & ANTI- BULLYING IN SCHOOLS LEGISLATION, FOR EXAMPLE REFER TO A CURRENT EVENT, IF APPLICABLE USE AN OUTLINE

18 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT DURING YOUR OFFICE MEETING BE COURTEOUS, PROFESSIONAL & BE YOURSELF LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANTS & AIDES ARE JUST AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER, THAN THE MEMBER STAY ON POINT MEETING LEADER FOR GROUPS OK IF NOT EVERYONE SPEAKS IN GROUP MEETINGS EMPHASIZE SUPPORT OF HIS OR HER OFFICE & DISTRICT IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER LEAVING ISSUES FOLDER WITH AIDE THANK AIDE FOR HIS OR HER TIME

19 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT DURING YOUR OFFICE MEETING ASK AIDE/SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE TO HAVE MEMBER COMMIT TO PARTICIPATING IN THE NAB 2011 PSA PROGRAM WITH A MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS PSA INDICATE YOU WILL WORK TO MAKE SURE THE PSA IS SHOWN THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND/OR HIS/HER DISTRICT ASK FOR 2 BUSINESS CARDS IF POSSIBLE FOR FOLLOW UP & EVALUATIONS

20 PREPARING FOR YOUR CAPITOL HILL VISIT AFTER YOUR OFFICE MEETING FOLLOW UP THANK YOU MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OFFICE INVOLVE YOUR COMMUNITIES THROUGH CHAPTER OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIPS SPEAK WITH OTHER FORUM ATTENDEES ATTEND 11:15 AM “DEBRIEFING” ON FRIDAY

21 THIS IS YOUR EXPERIENCE… SO ENJOY IT!

22 PLEASE KEEP YOUR INTRODUCTIONS TO ‘30-SECONDS’ IF POSSIBLE! THANK YOU!


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