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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

700 Advocates Take to Capitol Hill at Hill Day 2017

October 5, 2017 | Hill Day | Comments
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This week the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, along with its 21 Hill Day partner organizations, hosted over 700 advocates for Hill Day 2017! The National Council and all Hill Day partners thank these advocates for their hard work, terrific advocacy and endless energy this week. Together, these advocates held over 300 meetings on Capitol Hill voicing unified support on a number of important legislative priorities. We look forward to seeing everyone at Hill Day 2018 – to be held in conjunction with NatCon18, April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, Hill Day attendees heard from media personalities, DC insiders, Trump administration officials and advocates sharing their personal stories of recovery. The headliners – co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough – spoke about the role of bipartisanship in affecting positive change in American politics. Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, the first-ever Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse provided insight on her first year at SAMHSA and her vision for the years ahead. Additional breakouts and sessions included advocacy trainings, a deep-dive into the FY2018 budget and special sessions on health information technology, increasing and improving patient access to treatment and more.

During Monday night’s Capitol Hill Reception, the National Council was pleased to host Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), recognizing them for their tremendous accomplishments this past year. All National Council legislative award winners were honored with awards during constituent meetings on Tuesday.

A lunchtime congressional staff briefing on Tuesday was co-hosted by the National Council with the Scattergood Foundation and Peg’s Foundation. The briefing brought together 80 congressional staff, advocates and constituents to discuss the work of these foundations and their 2017 Spring Paper Series.

The National Council thanks all attendees and advocates for their efforts this week. We give special thanks and appreciation to the dedicated and hardworking State Captains for their tremendous work and contributions to this event. We look forward to seeing all attendees and thousands more at NatCon18 in Washington, D.C. April 23-25, 2018! Register today!

For materials, resources and presentations from Hill Day 2017, check out the website here.