On Monday, October 5, 2015, citizen advocates will meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill. They will have conversations with their elected officials about the need for addiction solutions and the growing constituency of consequence that is demanding solutions.
Advocacy Day has two overarching goals:
- Achieve a health response to addiction
- Improve public safety and protect civil liberties to enhance health outcomes of those in or seeking recovery from addiction involved with the criminal justice system
To achieve these goals, citizen advocates will:
- Thank Members of Congress who have co-sponsored 524/HR 953, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and ask other Members to add their names as co-sponsors to this bipartisan piece of legislation. A detailed explanation of CARA can be found here.
- Ask their Members of Congress to sign a letter to federal agencies indicating that they are in support of full implementation and enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
- Ask Members of Congress to support the REDEEM Act (S 675/HR 1672).
We have created an Advocacy Day toolkit for you. Click here for our toolkit that will have the answers to your Advocacy Day questions. We will be scheduling an Advocacy Day training webinar in September, so please sign up to get more information about it. The registration deadline for Advocacy Day is September 15th.
Questions about Advocacy Day? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on October 4, 2015 and Advocacy Day on October 5, 2015 are separate events. Facing Addiction, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state and local organizations, is sponsoring both events.