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IPS Advocacy Month

 

WHY SHOULD THIS BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

A major strategic goal of IPS is to advocate for mental health patients and families and the psychiatric profession. The legislative and government agencies significantly impact both. It is vital  that we make our voices heard and our position known.  IPS works hard to  review thousands of bills each legislative session on your behalf—supporting those that will benefit you and your patients and lobbying against those that will do harm. BUT...the most effective way to do this requires active participation of individual members of IPS. 

ALL HANDS IN!  IPS Advocacy Month is designed for members to get involved based on their comfort level.  Choose to participate in only one activity on your own time or participate in them all.  YOU DECIDE!

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PART 1: ADVOCACY 101 TRAINING
Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Whether you are new to advocacy or a seasoned pro, this training will provide useful tips that you can apply at home in the virtual  setting. 
Click HERE to register and for more information.


PART 2: AT-HOME LOBBY ACTIVITIES
Choose one or both of the options below to do at home on your own time.  Some may take less than 5 minutes but can make a huge impact.

  1. Who are your state legislators?  Find out HERE and obtain their contact information.
  2. Social Media Outreach: Locate your legislators on social media and post to their wall. Verbiage for a post or a direct message:  "Hello Senator ___________. As a psychiatrist physician and a constituent, I urge you to protect patient safety by opposing Senate Bill 2272, which is moving through Senate Committee now. Here is a link to a fact sheet on this issue. Thank you very much for your consideration!"
  3. Call your legislators.  Fact Sheet for your reference.
  4. Send a letter to your legislators.   Fact Sheet for your reference.
  5. Involve a Friend:   Ask a friend to advocate with/for you by doing one of the above lobbying activities.


PART 3: VIRTUAL VISITS
IPS will set-up and facilitate short (20-30 min.) virtual group meetings for members with like legislators, who want to participate in a more traditional meeting format.  This will be similar to the past in-person advocacy days.  You must sign-up for this in advance.  Please contact kmalloy@ilpsych.org with any questions.


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