Ask Your MA State Senator to Support the “Promote Prevent Bill”
Please contact your State Senator today in support of inserting the “Promote Prevent Bill” into the FY17 State Budget.
This bill, Massachusetts EHS 446, “Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention Commission,” includes language specifically supporting “primary and secondary-level programs that are community, family or school-based, including whole school approaches, that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for behavioral health disorders and foster social and emotional health.” The bill requires having a representative of SEL4MA sit on the commission established by the bill.
The “Promote Prevent Bill” was passed by the MA House and is right now being considered by the MA Senate.
Contact your State Senator by phone or e-mail and ask your senator to “cosponsor Senator Keenan’s amendment 446 to establish a special commission on behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention, as part of the FY17 Senate Budget.”
It’s easy to find contact information for your senator and call or email now.
Here’s sample text:
Dear [Your State Senator],
Please cosponsor Senator Keenan’s amendment 446 to establish a special commission on behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention, as part of the FY17 Senate Budget.
This Special Commission will lead to a comprehensive Promote Prevent Plan focused on three questions:
- What’s working in behavioral health promotion and prevention?
- How can we fund what works without straining our budget?
- What can we achieve if we fund what works?
Promotion and prevention, including school-based social and emotional learning, are the best long term investments we can make in behavioral health. Please support the Promote Prevent Commission in the FY17 Senate Budget by signing onto the amendment in LAWS today.
Despite decades of practice proving promotion and prevention programing can reduce mental illness and addiction and prevent issues, including suicide and violence, over 95 cents of every dollar are spent on the consequences of behavioral health disorders—including treatment and criminal justice—and less than 5 cents are spent on prevention.
With the Promote Prevent Commission, we can take the first steps to revolutionize behavioral health in the Commonwealth. Thank you for your leadership.
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