Are you concerned that the coming round of state and local budget cuts
will mean fewer mental health and school services for our children with
emotional and behavioral disorders? You are not alone. But you can do
something about it.
CHADD has joined together with some of our colleague organizations
here in Washington to develop tools that you can use to contact local
and state policy makers. Most recently we have developed a cover letter
and a fact sheet on the importance of safeguarding mental health
services for children in the face of unprecedented state budget cuts.
Please feel free to send the attached documents to your state
legislator, governor, or any other public official.
Download Letter to Legislators
Download Children’s Mental Health Fact Sheet
Download complete 2007 State Advocacy Toolkit (PDF 191KB)
Legislation has been introduced in several states that suggests that
AD/HD is not real. Some proposed laws would restrict open communication
between families and schools about concerns related to mental health.
Others threaten to interfere with identifying children with mental
disorders and linking them with services. Groups with a history of
attacking mental health care often promote such legislation.
Your voice is needed to help protect the rights of all individuals
with mental health treatment needs. You are the person legislators most
want to hear from, because you can describe to them how a policy or law
actually affects people with AD/HD and related disorders.
A national coalition of parents, educators, mental health
professionals, and physicians developed the State Advocacy Toolkit to
help educate state lawmakers about mental health in America. CHADD, as a
member organization, is pleased to share this toolkit for you to
download and share with others in your state and local community.
Download Toolkit by section:
Introductory Letter from Coalition
Tips on Effective State Legislative Advocacy
Sample Anti-Mental Health and Anti-Psychiatry State
Letters to Legislators and Governors
Utah HB202 Letter (PDF)
Florida SB2286 Letter (PDF)
New Hampshire HB164 Letter (PDF)
Sample Opinion Letters and Letters to the
Utah HB202 Op-Ed on Teacher-Parent
Utah HB299 Op-Ed - Look to Science, Not Science
Sample Op-Ed (PDF)
Helpful Ways for School Professionals and Families to
Talk about Mental Health Related Concerns (PDF)
Improving the Mental Health and Well-Being of America's
Schools and Families United for the Mental Health and
Well-Being of Children (PDF)
Sample Anti-Mental Health and Anti-Psychiatry
New Hampshire HB164
New York A3795