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Power in Numbers: Advocacy at the Hill
Effective advocacy entails working together, sharing and listening, and that’s exactly what happened as nearly 500 mental health advocates from across the country converged on Washington, DC on June 29th & 30th during the 2010 Public Policy Institute and Hill Day. The goal? To meet with over 200 legislators to seek effective and appropriately-funded services to assist people with psychiatric illnesses and addiction disorders.

“Hill Day is an incredible opportunity to meet with congresspersons, senators and their staff to brief them on the needs of New Yorkers as it relates to behavioral health,” explains Peter C. Campanelli, ICL’s CEO and President.

Dr. Campanelli notes, “Of particular importance this year was the introduction of legislation (HR 5636), to create Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers (FQBHC) co-sponsored by Representatives Doris Matsui (D–CA) and Eliot Engel (D–NY). FQBHC would provide desperately needed resources to standardize and expand behavioral healthcare throughout the state.

*HR 5636 would not only establish Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers but require Medicaid coverage for services provided by such Centers.

Pictured L to R : Roy Leavitt (Greenwich House), Carmen Collado (JBFCS), Patricia Goldstein – Gallo (Coalition),
Congressman Eliot Engel (D – NY), Peter C. Campanelli (ICL), Sandy Hagan (
) and Constance Y. Brown (ICL)


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