Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to register for Hill day?
Registration for the Capitol Hill visits on Wednesday, April 25 is free! Attendance at NatCon18 requires registration.
Which staff at my organization should attend Hill Day?
All staff are welcome. Federal policy affects all levels of staff at an organization — so we encourage you to send as many of your staff as are able to come! Past attendees have included CEOs, senior management, consumers, program directors, physicians, other providers, board members, and more.
When will the National Council announce our main policy “asks” for Hill Day?
We try to ensure that the policy asks and fact sheets we give you are timely and in line with current activity on the Hill. As a result, we typically do not announce our target issues until about a month before the event.
Does the National Council schedule Capitol Hill meetings for me?
No. Each state has a State Captain who will be your point of contact and who will coordinate the Hill visits for you and others from your state.
- In some states, the State Captain will set up all Hill visits and notify attendees so they can RSVP.
- In other states, attendees schedule their own meetings and notify the State Captain so that he or she can help others know which meetings to attend.
- Be sure to contact your State Captain to let them know you will be attending and find out whether they are coordinating your state Hill visits. If your State Captain asks attendees to set up their own visits, use this page as a guide to get started.
Who should I meet with?
We recommend that you set up meetings with both your Senators and your Representative. If your Governor’s office has a branch in Washington, we encourage you to meet with them as well. More information will be released as Hill Day 2018 approaches.
Do I need to enter my meetings in my registration profile?
Yes. This is important so that the National Council staff can provide logistical support and help with follow-up. Even if your state association is doing the legwork of setting up the meetings, please enter the meetings in your own registration profile once they are confirmed.
What should I do to prepare for Hill Day?
You should be prepared to provide basic information about your organization: number of consumers served and any information about their general diagnostic mix, number of staff, the type of payers that constitute most of your reimbursement, and any other information that might be helpful in giving your legislators an idea of what your agency does. It is a good idea to be able to speak to the major budget/funding challenges you are facing in your state.
- GET READY FOR NATIONAL COUNCIL HILL DAY 2018: This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 PM ET. On this webinar, we will prepare you to be an effective advocate for mental health and addictions issues, unveil our policy asks for Hill Day 2018, including expanding Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, funding for mental health and addiction priorities and more, and talk about how to prepare for your Hill visits and provide advice on how to make the most of your time in Washington. Register for the webinar today!
This is my first time attending Hill Day. Do you have any tips for me?
Yes! Here are some tips and tricks from the National Council staff:
- Bring plenty of business cards to hand out at your meetings on the Hill.
- Find out in advance who’s coming from your state and coordinate your visits, handouts, and any other materials;
- Wear comfortable shoes;
- Bring a water bottle and even some small snacks;
- Bring a camera with you on your visits so you can take pictures with your legislators;
- If you need special assistance or accommodations, please let us know in advance so we can be as helpful as possible.
I can’t make it to Hill Day, is there some other way to support this event?
Members can show their support for behavioral health advocacy and the Hill Day agenda by becoming a Hill Day sponsor. As a Hill Day sponsor, you will be recognized for your commitment to advocacy in the program and on our website. As the event grows each year, your contribution also helps keep registration free for all attendees. Your donation of just $100 can ensure that our voice is heard. Donating is simple.
Still have questions about Hill Day? Contact Michael Petruzzelli, Manager, Policy and Advocacy at MichaelP@thenationalcouncil.org or 202.684.7457, ext. 267.