The National Council Ambassador Network is made up of committed individuals, dedicated to improving access to substance use and mental health services through advocacy. Because “all politics is local,” Ambassadors highlight the local impact of federal policies – and when votes come down to the wire, their relationships with legislators give them outsize influence in tipping the scales.
What special benefits do Ambassadors get from the National Council?
Ambassadors have access to special policy news and updates from the National Council, along with exclusive training and information to help them build relationships with their legislators and staff, including:
- Personalized resources. We’ll provide you with meeting guides, templates, and one-on-one assistance in arranging effective visits with your Members of Congress.
- Briefing materials and advocacy tips. You’ll have access to our online headquarters with briefings on key issues, materials you’ll be able to bring along to meetings with legislators and staff, and advanced advocacy tips for Ambassadors.
- Access to insider info. We’ll send you regular “inside-the-beltway” updates on mental health and substance use policy issues currently before Congress.
- Recognition for your work. You’ll receive special recognition at National Council events such as Hill Day and in our e-newsletters like Capitol Connector.
What does an Ambassador do?
Each year, Ambassadors will:
- Meet with Members of Congress. You’ll build and strengthen relationships by meeting with your U.S. legislators and/or staff 3 times a year, either at home or in DC (this should take about 2-3 hours per year).
- Stay in touch with us. Send us feedback on how your visits went and stay tuned for additional action opportunities when they arise (for example, if a vote is scheduled).
As a National Council Ambassador, you’ll become a resource for your legislators and an influential voice in the halls of Congress – and it only takes a few hours a year.
How much of a time commitment is being an Ambassador?
Not much! Setting up and attending your three meetings per year will only take about 2-3 hours. Beyond that, it’s a matter of how much time you spend browsing our online headquarters for resources and chatting with National Council staff for one-on-one assistance. It really is that easy.
Who can be an Ambassador?
Anyone! Whether you’re an executive or board member who has decades of experience working with lawmakers, or someone with an interest in behavioral health policy who wants to become more involved, the Ambassador Network is for you.
I’m not sure I feel comfortable meeting with my Members of Congress.
That’s ok – every journey begins with a single step. By joining the Ambassador Network, you’ll be able to learn everything you need to know to feel comfortable talking with elected officials about the issues that matter most to you. And the National Council staff is here to help, by providing meeting request letters, talking points for phone calls, issue briefing materials, and one-on-one coaching to talk you through the process. You don’t need to be a policy expert to be an Ambassador – you just need to have a passion for behavioral healthcare and a desire to get more involved. You’ll find that establishing relationships with Members of Congress is not only easier than you thought, it’s also fun!
How do I join?
Joining the Ambassador Network is simple. Just click here to complete our short survey.
Do you have what it takes to be an Ambassador?
Click here to find out.