Advocacy


The Mental Health Association (MHA) works on behalf of the citizens of Palm Beach County, their friends and family members to advocate for adequate and appropriate funding and increase understanding of mental illness within the community. We know that awareness and treatment works, and we depend upon the support of our legislators and community leaders.

Reviewed and updated annually, our advocacy plan includes involvement on local, state and national levels in order to achieve reasonable and effective policies for children, the elderly and the mentally disabled. We support and partner with local and state advocacy groups to avoid duplication of services and to inform you, the public, about issues that affect your lives. 

 

In the News

March 10, 2017

The 2017 Legislative Session has begun!  We had a big first week in Tallahassee:  a press conference in the House Media Room at the Capitol, over 25 meetings with our Senate and House legislators, and a great coalition formed between MHA, NAMI, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Children’s Home Society, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.  

Click here for the MHA Legislative Update  and click here to see the Legislative Flyer 

 

 

November 29, 2016

 

Mental Health Reform is in our grasp!  Please email Senator Bill Nelson and encourage him to support either S. 2680 or HR 2646 during the lame duck session.  You can email him here:

https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill

 

These mental health bills have a focus on:

 

- Strengthening the federal role in advancing mental health;

- Authorizing programs to advance screening and early intervention, especially for children to keep them in schools;

- Promoting both evidence-based initiatives and the innovation we need to address mental health concerns before Stage 4;

- Encouraging the involvement of families in the provision of support while maintaining the privacy of individuals;

- Prioritizing community-based services and planning for a reduction in incarceration and homelessness, while increasing supported employment;

- Supporting more meaningful parity guidance and oversight;

- Preserving SAMHSA and its programs, while adding, not subtracting, funding for mental health services; and

- Growing the behavioral health workforce, including people with lived experience who are an essential part of care and support teams that promote recovery.

 

 

The text of the bill is available here, and our statement on the bill with easy talking points is available here,

 

Thank you for supporting this important legislation!

 

 

How can you become an advocate for mental health issues?

First, make others around you aware that the issues affect all of us. Talk to your friends, and write letters to the editors of local news organizations.

Second, reach out to elected officials asking for their support on key issues affected those coping with mental illnesses.

Find your senator: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Find your representative: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Finally, if you’re not already registered to vote, sign up and make your voice heard. Your vote will directly impact who represents you as an elected official, but issues that impact mental health awareness and treatment often appear on election ballots. Find out more at the Palm Beach County Board of Elections.

 

 

For more information, please contact the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County at 561-832-3755 or go online to www.mhapbc.org