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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Election is over… now what? Check out the National Council’s Post-Election Toolkit!

November 6, 2014 | Take Action | Comments
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With every new Congress comes new opportunities to establish relationships that will help you win support for behavioral health priorities. That means now is the time to reach out to your member of Congress to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself! By familiarizing them with your work in their community – and offering yourself as a resource when mental health or addiction issues come up – you’ll be laying the foundation for a strong and productive relationship.

To help you with this outreach, we have created several new template resources for you to adapt and personalize.

  • A draft letter of Welcome and Congratulations for newly elected senators and representatives. Send this letter to your legislator to introduce yourself and invite them to learn more about what you do.
  • A draft letter of Congratulations for re-elected legislatorsUse this letter to reconnect with your legislator and invite them to visit your site to see your services in action.
  • A guide to creating a one-page fact sheet about your organization. A one-pager will show your legislators what your organization does and how it helps improve the lives of people in your community.
  • Draft thank you letters to legislators. Use this after they come to visit or hold a meeting with you.

For additional resources on how best to formulate relationships and be an effective advocate, please check out the National Council Ambassador Network site, here.  Ambassadors are our superstar advocates who devote time each year to building relationships with their elected officials.  Find out if you have what it takes to be a National Council Ambassador!

For questions or guidance in developing and sustaining relationships with your Members of Congress, please contact Rebecca Farley at