The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.870), which CSWA has been supporting since 2012, has provisionally been included in the omnibus mental health legislation package being developed by the Senate Finance Committee. The request from the Committee is that we find more Republican cosponsors for the bill. This needs to happen by Friday, May 20, 2022 COB.
To review the high points of this bill, they are:
The Committee members/Legislative aides that are most important to this effort are:
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID): Rebecca Alcorn, Senior Policy Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): Nic Pottebaum, Health Policy Advisor, email@example.com
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Alaura Ervin, Legislative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Thune (R-SD): Danielle Janowski, Health Policy Director, email@example.com
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC): Angela Wiles, Health Policy Director (HELP Committee), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH): Jack Boyd, Health LC, email@example.com
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): Mike Weiss, Health LA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC): Brianna Wood, Legislative Correspondent, email@example.com
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): Mary Moody, Health Policy Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK): Cambridge Neal, Legislative Assistant, email@example.com
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT): Rachel Green, Health Policy Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN): Beth Nelson, Health Policy Director, email@example.com
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE): Shannon Hossinger, Policy Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending the following message to the LAs is a good way to make contact with the senators. You can send your message even if you are not a constituent.
The suggested message is as follows (feel free to use your own language):
“I am [a constituent and] a member of the Clinical Social Work Association. Please consider becoming a cosponsor for S.870 which will provide greater access to mental health and substance use treatment, desperately needed in these difficult times. S. 870 will increase the number of LCSWs who become Medicare providers. Thank you for your consideration.”
As always, please let me know when you have sent your messages.
Laura Groshong. LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice Clinical Social Work Association email@example.com
PO Box 105Granville, Ohio 43023