Parents for Care called Fred Upton's office so many times in the fall of 2015 that when we got to DC to see him, his aid was already on the defense. They don't like to hear that you expect some results from them or they won't get your vote next time.
Call and support HR 2646: Do you know who your reps are? If not, please use this link: www.findmyrep.gov to find who it is and then CALL THE OFFICE.
Here's your message: I am calling to ask that Congressman XYZ or Senator XYZ support HR 2646 in its entirety. I am the parent/caregiver/brother/sister/cousin of someone with serious mental illness and these reforms are necessary to make sure my brother/sister/cousin/son/daughter can actually access care and allow me to assist them in that effort. HR 2646 is no good without all the components in it. These components are necessary to enacting meaningful reform in the mental illness treatment world. Without some of these components, like clarifying HIPAA to allow caregivers access to vital treatment information, any reforms enacted are just more of the same status quo that keeps mentally ill young persons from access to comprehensive treatment that can give them their lives back. Without these meaningful reforms, the mentally ill by and large end up in jails, prisons and on the streets of our cities, exposed to the elements and criminal acts and worsening health.
Here are some of the important provisions that Must Stay in the bill:
I understand that Senator or Congressman XYZ is up for re-election this fall. If so, I do expect MY representative to sign on to support HR 2646 or he will not earn my vote. I expect it. Thanks for your time listening to your constituent.