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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Keep the Hill Day 2017 Momentum Going

October 12, 2017 | Hill Day | Comments
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Last week, 700 advocates held over 300 meetings with Congressional members on Capitol Hill as a part of National Council Hill Day 2017. The energy was contagious with advocates directly voicing their stances on a host of legislative priorities. After this successful event, it is important for advocates to stay engaged and begin building and fostering relationships with legislators and their staff.

Here are just a few of the ways advocates can engage their legislators back home this fall:

  • Say “Thank You”. Follow-up and say thank you to the staff for their time and for the opportunity to share your story. As a refresher for the staff member, include a link to the Hill Day 2017 Fact Sheets and reference them in your note. If you are sending the letter by mail, feel free to print them out and include in your letter. Find a template thank you letter here.
  • Ask your legislator to co-sponsor a bill. At Hill Day, advocates urged legislators to cosponsor a number of bills. Be direct in your message, asking them to co-sponsor particular legislation. For example, the newly introduced Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, H.R. 3931/S. 1905 is currently looking for co-sponsors in both the House and Senate.
  • Invite your legislator on a site visit. Site visits provide legislators an opportunity to see firsthand the great work happening in the community and how better funding or legislation could magnify its impact. The steps to plan and execute a site visit are easy. Have questions? Let the National Council know how we can help.
  • Engage on social media. Follow your Senators and Representatives on Twitter or Facebook and urge them to support your priorities. Invite them to join the conversation using hashtags that connect them to your community like #Unite4BH.


Advocates should start planning their next trip to Washington, DC! NatCon18 – health care’s behavioral health conference – will be held in Washington, D.C. April 23-25. Join 5,000 leaders to explore health care’s greatest innovations in practice improvement, financing, integrated health care, technology, policy and advocacy, and professional development. Hill Day visits to Capitol Hill will take place on Wednesday, April 25.