What is the National Council Ambassador Network?
Members of the National Council’s Ambassador Network are superstar advocates dedicated to cultivating strong relationships with their elected federal officials. It’s said that “All politics is local,” so Ambassadors play a critical role in highlighting the local impact of federal policies – and when votes come down to the wire, their relationships with legislators can help tip the scales.
The Ambassador Network is designed for individuals who have existing and close relationships with members of congress and are willing to utilize them to achieve mental health and substance use policy wins in Washington, D.C. National Council Ambassadors receive advanced advocacy training, up-to-the minute information and support from National Council staff to foster a culture of advocacy at their organizations. Ambassadors work for National Council member organizations, state associations, or are Mental Health First Aid instructors.
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Ambassadors can capitalize on this opportunity in a variety of ways, including:
- Customizable advocacy materials tailored to your state and specific policy ask(s).
- One-on-one interaction with National Council policy experts and lobbyists to discuss strategy.
- Invitations to special National Council policy events and meetings throughout the year.
- Discounts to National Council events – like NatCon, the National Council’s Annual Conference.
- Star treatment and recognition as a National Council Ambassador at Hill Day and other events!
Ambassadors are required to:
- Meet with their legislators several times throughout the year by:
- Hosting a federal elected official for a virtual or in-person site visit at their organization.
- Meeting their legislators at least once a year in-district, in Washington D.C., or over a virtual platform.
- Having three additional interactions with their legislators and staff members (e.g., in-district meetings, phone calls, personalized emails).
- Participate in NatCon and Hill Day.
- Consistently respond to and participate in virtual advocacy opportunities from the National Council as they arise.
Ambassadors maximize our collective advocacy impact on Capitol Hill and help advance policies to strengthen mental wellbeing and support mental health and substance use treatment organizations nationwide!
Contact Policy@TheNationalCouncil.org with any questions.