Qualifacts Staff Lobby on Capitol Hill for Mental Health Funding
Last week, over 4,000 mental health and substance use providers, executives, consumers, family members and other stakeholders descended on Washington D.C. for the annual National Council Conference.
More than 1,200 of those conference attendees were also part of Hill Day ’14, the nation’s biggest behavioral health advocacy event. Two Qualifacts team members, Cat Turpin (Key Account Manager) and Jenn Brinn (Digital Marketing Specialist) attended conference sessions on public policy trends and changes, then traveled to Capitol Hill to talk to their legislators about expanding funding for the Mental Health First Aid Act, urging them to support the Behavioral Health IT Act, and asking them for 2015 appropriations for mental health and substance use programs and research.
What made Hill Day especially significant for Qualifacts is that we shared this experience, stood side-by-side, and raised our voices in unison with four of our customers from Tennessee Mental Health Consumer Association: Anthony Fox (CEO), Carolina George (VP of Clinical Services), Stacey Murphy (VP of Administrative Services), and Jennifer Jones (VP of Public Policy).
Other Qualifacts customers were also on the Hill, fighting for the same initiatives and funding from their state legislators, including Allen Brown (CEO of Unison Behavioral Health in Georgia) and Stephen Christian-Michaels (COO of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania).
Our mission at Qualifacts is to “Sustain and extend our customers’ ability to serve.” However, this doesn’t always necessarily mean just through the software we develop and support. We are honored to speak on behalf of our customers, all the way up to the federal level, to help push forward important legislation that will allow you to continue providing excellent care and services to the people of our society who need it most.