President's Corner: Raising Our Voices
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in Mental Health America's Annual Conference and helped make it such a resounding success. We have received very positive feedback on the speakers and sessions.
In addition to examining the latest developments in peer counseling, health reform and advocacy funding, the Conference presented a tremendous opportunity to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill through our Advocacy Day activities. I'm pleased that so many people lobbied their Senators and Representative on key legislative priorities, such as protecting Medicaid from cuts.
As lawmakers struggle to control the growth of the federal budget, many important human service programs will be in jeopardy. In this context, it is critical legislators hear from us about our essential priorities that involve assuring equitable access to effective preventive and treatment services that ultimately will result in increases in the human capital that is needed for a strong economy. We can't skimp on these investments.
It is vitally important that we all speak up for those whose interests aren't often represented in the corridors of power. Deficit reduction can and must not be achieved on the backs of those who are most vulnerable and least able to bear the burden.
We urge you continue to stay informed and stay involved by responding to our alerts and calls for action. Encourage your colleagues and friends to speak up. Invite them to join our online Advocacy Network and take action for mental health.
By speaking out, each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans assuring that they stay healthy or recover from mental health and substance use conditions. ::