VALUABLE POINTS WHEN CONTACTING ELECTED OFFICIALS >>

 

2016 starts with a trip to Tallahassee

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE REPORT

The Advocacy Committee (Margaret Moore & Jane Muranyi) went to Tallahassee January 26-28 to seek additional funding for mental health. We met with 25 Representatives and Senators or their Legislative Assistants (listed below), and we gave each office a list of both the Senate and House versions of seven bills critical to improving behavior health care already introduced in this year’s legislative session. The good news is that everyone we met with is aware Florida ranks 50th out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia in terms of money spent per capita. Each is sympathetic to mental health needs in our state, and recognizes we have a mental health crisis in America. However, the bad news is that allocating Florida funds to pay for better mental health facilities and supporting those with mental diseases is a tough fight in this budget session, especially in competition with education requests.

We encourage all members to contact their legislators regarding needed funding for mental health.

The League of Women Voters suggests keeping the following tips handy when contacting elected officials.
1. Politicians aren’t interested in the opinions of people who can’t vote for them. Identify yourself as a constituent of the legislator you’re contacting.
2. Whether writing or calling your legislators, focus on a single topic. You’ll be more effective and receive a faster response.
3. Ask the legislator to take specific action, like supporting a piece of legislation. Ask for a written response that gives your legislator’s position on the issue.
4. Make your points quickly and concisely to have a greater impact.
5. When talking about an issue, it’s best to use your own words.

Remember, you can send a letter, email or telephone legislators to express your views.

HERE IS A SUGGESTED LETTER and LIST OF CONTACTS


 

 

We ADVOCATE for the mentally ill both nationally and locally.

There needs to be MORE UNDERSTANDING & LESS STIGMA.

There needs to be better psychiatric treatment services including facilities and medication at affordable costs.

There needs to be more understanding within the Criminal Justice System.

There needs to be constant research and development of medications to treat the illnesses.


From:

SUICIDE PREVENTION
Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet

•Suicide is the third leading cause of death for college age students.

• Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the elderly.

• The highest rate of suicide belongs to those in law enforcement.

• Twice as many officers die by suicide than in the line of duty.

• Veteran's have one of the highest rates of suicide per 100,000.

• Those with substance abuse disorders – high risk of suicide.

• Ninety percent of suicides are completed by people with a diagnosable mental disease.

Suicide prevention programs work and when compared to the cost of suicide in both direct medical costs and lost wages are relatively inexpensive. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has estimated that the cost to Floridians for completed suicides between 1999 – 2003 was over $2.2 billion dollars. In 2003 there were 11,379 hospitalized suicide attempts at an average medical cost per case of $9,864. Attempts have gone up since that date as well as medical costs. The emotional cost of losing a loved one to suicide is immeasurable.

If the legislature continues on its current course, mental health and substance abuse program budget cuts will occur across a number of state agencies.

• The Department of Children and Families (DCF) indicate a potential loss of $27 million in mental health treatment facilities.

• Department of Corrections (DOC) could see elimination of substance abuse programs – a potential loss of $31.2 million.

• Every dollar invested in addiction treatment yields a return of $4 to $7 in reduced drug-related crime and criminal justice costs. Including reduced healthcare costs can increase the return to $12 or more.

• Individuals left with no treatment are likely to return to prison, thus requiring additional prisons in addition to putting an extra strain on the court system, as well as local law enforcement and jails.

• The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has potential cuts of about $26.5 million that may eliminate 265 beds. Not all these children have mental health issues, but many do.


CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS:
Page updated June 16th 2014

LOCAL Legislators (February 2015):

 

Senator Marco Rubio 5201 West Kennedy Boulevard Suite 530 Tampa, FL 33609 Phone: (813) 287-5035
Fax: (813) 287-8016
Go to website to email: rubio@senate.gov
Click on the “Contact
Senator Bill Nelson 801 N. Florida Ave. 4th Floor Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: 813-225-7040 Fax: 813-225-7050
Go to website to email: www.billnelson.senate.gov
Click on “Contact Bill” at the top of the page
Click on “Email Bill” and fill in the blanks
Representative Vern Buchanan 1051 Manatee Ave West, Suite 305 Bradenton, FL 34205 Phone: (941) 747-9081 Fax: (941) 748-1564
Go to website to email: www.buchanan.house.gov
Click on blue box “Contact Vern”
Put in your zip code
Fill in the blanks
 
   

The Honorable Greg Steube
Florida House of Representatives
Room 204, House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Representative Steube:

Phone: (850) 717-5073
greg.steube@myfloridahouse.gov

Or District Office at:
722 Apex Road
Unit A
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 341-3117

 

The Honorable Greg Steube
Florida House of Representatives
Room 204, House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
941/341-3117 (District Office)
greg.steube@myfloridahouse.gov

The Honorable Jim Boyd
Florida House of Representatives
Room 322, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 717-5071

Dear Representative Boyd:

jim.boyd@myfloridahouse.gov

Or District Office at:
717 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 100
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 708-4968e Honorable Jim Boyd
Florida House of Representatives
Room 322, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
941/708-4968 (District Office)
jim.boyd@myfloridahouse.gov

The Honorable Arthenia L. Joyner
The Florida Senate
Room 200, Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
813/233-4277 (District Office in Tampa)
Go to: www.flsenate.gov


The Honorable Arthenia L. Joyner
The Florida Senate
Room 200, Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 487-5019

Dear Senator Joyner:

Go to: www.flsenate.gov
Click on “Senators” near the top
Scroll down the alphabetical list and click on her name
Click on box “Email this Senator” below her picture
Or joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov

Or District Office at:
508 West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Suite C
Tampa, FL 33603
Phone: (813) 233-4277

The Honorable Bill Galvano
The Florida Senate
Room 330, Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 487-5026

Dear Senator Galvano:

Go to : www.flsenate.gov
Click on “Senators” near the top
Scroll down the alphabetical list and click on his name
Click on box “E mail this Senator” below his picture
Or galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov

Or District Office at:
1023 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 201
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 741-3401

 

The Honorable Bill Galvano
The Florida Senate
Room 303, Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
941/741-3401 (District Office)
Go to : www.flsenate.gov
Click on “Senators” near the top
Scroll down the alphabetical list and click on his name
Click on box “E mail this Senator” below his picture

The Honorable Darryl Ervin Rouson
Florida House of Representatives
Room 212, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 717-5070

Dear Representative Rouson:

darryl.rouson@myfloridahouse.gov

Or District Office at:
302 Manatee Avenue East
Suite 304
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 708-8570

Or District Office at:
535 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 552-3200

 

The Honorable Darryl Ervin Rouson
Florida House of Representatives
Room 212, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
941/708-8570 (District Office)
darryl.rouson@myfloridahouse.gov

 

 

US HOUSE Florida Representatives
http://www.house.gov/house/MemStateSearch.shtml

District/ Name/ Party/ Room Phone / Committee Assignment

1 Miller, Jeff R 336 CHOB 202-225-4136 Armed Services Intelligence (Permanent) Veterans Affairs


2 Southerland, Steve R 1229 LHOB 202-225-5235 Natural Resources, Transportation

3 Yoho, Ted R 511 CHOB 202-225-5744 Agriculture, Foreign Affairs

4 Crenshaw, Ander R 440 CHOB 202-225-2501 Appropriations
5 Brown, Corrine D 2111 RHOB 202-225-0123 Transportation
Veterans' Affairs
6 DeSantis, Ron R 427 CHOB 202-225-2706 Foreign Affairs
Oversight and Government
the Judiciary
7 Mica, John R 2187 RHOB 202-225-4035 Oversight and Government
Transportation
8 Posey, Bill R 120 CHOB 202-225-3671 Financial Services
Science, Space, and Technology
9 Grayson, Alan D 430 CHOB 202-225-9889 Foreign Affairs
Science, Space, and Technology
10 Webster, Daniel R 1039 LHOB 202-225-2176 Rules
Transportation
11 Nugent, Richard R 1727 LHOB 202-225-1002 Armed Services
House Administration
Rules
12 Bilirakis, Gus M. R 2313 RHOB 202-225-5755 Energy and Commerce
Veterans' Affairs
13 Jolly, David R 2407 RHOB 202-225-5961 Transportation
Veterans' Affairs
14 Castor, Kathy D 205 CHOB 202-225-3376 Energy and Commerce
the Budget
15 Ross, Dennis R 229 CHOB 202-225-1252 Financial Services
16 Buchanan, Vern R 2104 RHOB 202-225-5015 Ways and Means
17 Rooney, Tom R 221 CHOB 202-225-5792 Appropriations
Intelligence (Permanent)
18 Murphy, Patrick D 1517 LHOB 202-225-3026 Financial Services
Small Business
19 Radel, Trey -- Vacancy R 1123 LHOB 202-225-2536
20 Hastings, Alcee L. D 2353 RHOB 202-225-1313 Rules
21 Deutch, Ted D 1024 LHOB 202-225-3001 Ethics
Foreign Affairs
the Judiciary
22 Frankel, Lois D 1037 LHOB 202-225-9890 Foreign Affairs
Transportation
23 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie D 118 CHOB 202-225-7931 Appropriations
24 Wilson, Frederica D 208 CHOB 202-225-4506 Education and the Workforce
Science, Space, and Technology
25 Diaz-Balart, Mario R 436 CHOB 202-225-4211 Appropriations
26 Garcia, Joe D 1440 LHOB 202-225-2778 Natural Resources
the Judiciary
27 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana R 2206 RHOB 202-225-3931 Foreign Affairs
Rules

US SENATE Florida Senators

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL) Class I
716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5274
Web Form: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Rubio, Marco - (R - FL) Class III
317 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3041
Web Form: rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
FLORIDA - FULL DETAILS at www.MyFlorida.com Governers Office:

Office of Governor Rick Scott(850) 488-7146
(850) 487-0801 (fax
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

http://www.flgov.com/contact_governor

 

FLORIDA SENATE
http://www.flsenate.gov/Welcome/index.cfm?CFID=82612068&CFTOKEN=63393462


Alexander, JD 17 Republican Consists of Hardee, Highlands, and parts of DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Polk, and St. Lucie counties
Altman, Thad 24 Republican Consists of parts of Brevard, Orange, and Seminole counties
Benacquisto, Lizbeth 27 Republican Consists of parts of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Palm Beach counties
Bennett, Michael S. "Mike" 21 Republican Consists of parts of Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties
Bogdanoff, Ellyn Setnor 25 Republican Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Braynon II, Oscar 33 Democrat Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Bullard, Larcenia J. 39 Democrat Consists of Monroe, and parts of Broward, Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties
Dean, Charles S. "Charlie", Sr. 3 Republican Consists of Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, Taylor, and parts of Citrus, Columbia, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Madison, and Marion counties
Detert, Nancy C. 23 Republican Consists of parts of Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties
Diaz de la Portilla, Miguel 36 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Dockery, Paula 15 Republican Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties
Evers, Greg 2 Republican Consists of Holmes, Washington, and parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties
Fasano, Mike 11 Republican Consists of parts of Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Pinellas counties
Flores, Anitere 38 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Gaetz, Don 4 Republican Consists of parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties
Garcia, Rene 40 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Gardiner, Andy 9 Republican Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties
Haridopolos, Mike 26 Republican Consists of parts of Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, and St. Lucie counties
Hays, Alan 20 Republican Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties
Hill, Anthony C. "Tony", Sr. 1 Democrat Consists of parts of Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
Jones, Dennis L., D.C. 13 Republican Consists of part of Pinellas county
Joyner, Arthenia L. 18 Democrat Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties
Latvala, Jack 16 Republican Consists of parts of Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties
Lynn, Evelyn J. 7 Republican Consists of parts of Clay, Marion, Putnam, and Volusia counties
Margolis, Gwen 35 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
Montford, Bill 6 Democrat Consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, and parts of Bay, Jefferson, Leon, and Madison counties
Negron, Joe 28 Republican Consists of Martin, and parts of Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties
Norman, Jim 12 Republican Consists of parts of Hillsborough, and Pasco counties
Oelrich, Steve 14 Republican Consists of Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Union, and parts of Columbia, Levy, Marion, and Putnam counties
Rich, Nan H. 34 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
Richter, Garrett 37 Republican Consists of parts of Collier, and Lee counties
Ring, Jeremy 32 Democrat Consists of part of Broward county
Sachs, Maria Lorts 30 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Simmons, David 22 Republican Consists of parts of Orange, and Seminole counties
Siplin, Gary 19 Democrat Consists of parts of Orange, and Osceola counties
Smith, Christopher L. "Chris" 29 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Sobel, Eleanor 31 Democrat Consists of part of Broward county
Storms, Ronda 10 Republican Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties
Thrasher, John 8 Republican Consists of parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
Wise, Stephen R. 5 Republican Consists of parts of Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties

 

FLORIDA HOUSE of Representatives
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov

Districts / Party/Representative County(s) * Term


11 R Adkins, Janet H. Nassau and part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
66 R Ahern, Larry Part of Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
56 R Albritton, Ben DeSoto, Hardee and part of Polk 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
46 D Antone, Bruce Part of Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
118 R Artiles, Frank Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
23 R Baxley, Dennis K. Part of Marion 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
90 D Berman, Lori Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
7 R Beshears, Halsey Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and part of Leon 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
115 R Bileca, Michael Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
71 R Boyd, Jim Parts of Manatee, Sarasota 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
45 D Bracy, Randolph Part of Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
28 R Brodeur, Jason T. Part of Seminole 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
3 R Broxson, Doug Parts of Okaloosa, Santa Rosa 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
79 R Caldwell, Matthew H. "Matt" Part of Lee 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
108 D Campbell, Daphne D. Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
30 D Castor Dentel, Karen Parts of Orange, Seminole 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
92 D Clarke-Reed, Gwyndolen "Gwyn" Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
29 D Clelland, Michael Philip "Mike" Part of Seminole 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
5 R Coley, Marti Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington and part of Bay 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
39 R Combee, Neil Parts of Osceola, Polk 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
37 R Corcoran, Richard Part of Pasco 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
51 R Crisafulli, Steve Part of Brevard 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
62 D Cruz, Janet Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
18 R Cummings, W. Travis Part of Clay 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
63 D Danish, Mark Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
15 R Davis, Daniel Part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
116 R Diaz, Jose Felix Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
103 R Diaz, Jr., Manny Parts of Broward, Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
68 D Dudley, Dwight Part of Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
77 R Eagle, Dane Part of Lee 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
98 D Edwards, Katie A. Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
44 R Eisnaugle, Eric Part of Orange 04/09/14 - 11/03/14
78 R Fitzenhagen, Heather Part of Lee 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
114 R Fresen, Erik Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
13 D Fullwood, Reggie Part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
4 R Gaetz, Matt Part of Okaloosa 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
100 D Gibbons, Joseph A. "Joe" Parts of Broward, Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
111 R Gonzalez, Eduardo "Eddy" Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
50 R Goodson, Tom Parts of Brevard, Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
64 R Grant, James W. "J.W." Parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
89 R Hager, Bill Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
83 R Harrell, Gayle B. Parts of Martin, St. Lucie 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
2 R Hill, Walter Bryan "Mike" Parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa 06/11/13 - 11/03/14
74 R Holder, Doug Part of Sarasota 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
25 R Hood, Jr., Charles David "Dave" Part of Volusia 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
67 R Hooper, Ed Part of Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
80 R Hudson, Matt Hendry and part of Collier 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
24 R Hutson, Travis Flagler and parts of St. Johns, Volusia 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
1 R Ingram, Clay Part of Escambia 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
14 D Jones, Mia L. Part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
101 D Jones, Shevrin D. "Shev" Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
87 D Kerner, Dave Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
42 R La Rosa, Mike Parts of Osceola, Polk 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
84 D Lee, Jr., Larry Part of St. Lucie 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
82 R Magar, MaryLynn "ML" Parts of Martin, Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
54 R Mayfield, Debbie Indian River and part of St. Lucie 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
16 R McBurney, Charles Part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
117 D McGhee, Kionne L. Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
40 R McKeel, Seth Part of Polk 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
32 R Metz, Larry Part of Lake 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
93 R Moraitis, Jr., George R. Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
97 D Moskowitz, Jared Evan Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
36 D Murphy, Amanda Hickman Part of Pasco 10/15/13 - 11/03/14
31 R Nelson, Bryan Parts of Lake, Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
119 R Nuñez, Jeanette M. Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
110 R Oliva, Jose R. Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
33 R O'Toole, H. Marlene Sumter and parts of Lake, Marion 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
86 D Pafford, Mark S. Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
106 R Passidomo, Kathleen C. Part of Collier 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
6 R Patronis, Jimmy Part of Bay 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
21 R Perry, W. Keith Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
69 R Peters, Kathleen M. Part of Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
55 R Pigman, Cary Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee and part of St. Lucie 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
72 R Pilon, Ray Part of Sarasota 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
10 R Porter, Elizabeth W. Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee and part of Alachua 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
88 D Powell, Bobby Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
102 D Pritchett, Sharon Parts of Broward, Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
57 R Raburn, Jake Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
81 D Rader, Kevin Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
43 D Rangel, Ricardo Part of Osceola 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
120 R Raschein, Holly Merrill Monroe and part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
58 R Raulerson, Daniel D. "Dan" Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
12 R Ray, Lake Part of Duval 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
61 D Reed, Betty Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
9 D Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Michelle Part of Leon 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
17 R Renuart, Ronald "Doc" Part of St. Johns 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
113 D Richardson, David Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
75 R Roberson, Kenneth L. "Ken" Charlotte 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
76 R Rodrigues, Ray Wesley Part of Lee 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
112 D Rodríguez, José Javier Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
95 D Rogers, Hazelle P. "Hazel" Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
85 R Rooney, Jr., Patrick Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
70 D Rouson, Darryl Ervin Parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
27 R Santiago, David Part of Volusia 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
49 D Saunders, Joe Part of Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
35 R Schenck, Robert C. "Rob" Part of Hernando 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
99 D Schwartz, Elaine J. Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
91 D Slosberg, Irving "Irv" Part of Palm Beach 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
34 R Smith, Jimmie T. Citrus and part of Hernando 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
59 R Spano, Ross Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
109 D Stafford, Cynthia A. Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
104 D Stark, Richard Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
73 R Steube, W. Gregory "Greg" Parts of Manatee, Sarasota 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
47 D Stewart, Linda Part of Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
22 R Stone, Charlie Levy and part of Marion 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
26 D Taylor, Dwayne L. Part of Volusia 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
94 D Thurston, Jr., Perry E. Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
53 R Tobia, John Part of Brevard 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
48 D Torres, Jr., Victor Manuel "Vic" Part of Orange 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
105 R Trujillo, Carlos Parts of Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
19 R Van Zant, Charles E. Bradford, Putnam, Union and part of Clay 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
96 D Waldman, James W. "Jim" Part of Broward 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
107 D Watson, Barbara Part of Miami-Dade 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
20 D Watson, Jr., Clovis Parts of Alachua, Marion 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
38 R Weatherford, Will Part of Pasco 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
8 D Williams, Alan B. Gadsden and part of Leon 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
41 R Wood, John Part of Polk 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
52 R Workman, Ritch Part of Brevard 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
60 R Young, Dana D. Part of Hillsborough 11/07/12 - 11/03/14
65 D Zimmermann, Carl F. "Z" Part of Pinellas 11/07/12 - 11/03/14

 

 

 


JULY 17th 2012 - Manatee Glens Funding
From Margaret Moore:

Linda Davis asked that I forward this urgent request from Mary Ruiz to all of you.
 
I urgently need your help in asking NAMI members to send a personal email or letter to Manatee County Commissioners sometime between today and July 20th.

If our community does not ask our County Commissioners to include an increase for mental health and addictions services in next year’s budget, then our community will lose these services.

Why are these emails and letters necessary?
• Last year County Commissioners increased indigent care payments to all other local hospitals by $1.4 million a year for three years
• Last year County Commissioners cut Manatee Glens even though it experienced the highest increase in indigent care of all hospitals

I have been communicating these concerns to Commissioners and the County Administrator by mail and face to face since last August and September. It appears I just can’t successfully represent community needs without community help.

If you are willing, here is what to do.

Draft an email or letter along these lines to County Commissioners at the addresses below

Subject: Mental Health and Addictions Services
· Thank the County Commissioners making sure family members with mental health and alcohol and drug problems get help and not jail
· Request county funding be increased at Manatee Glens so that services need not be reduced
· Express your concerns how alcohol and drugs will impact our community and yourself as a taxpayer for emergency room, jail and law enforcement if people can’t get help.

 

Larry.bustle@mymanatee.org 1
Michael Gallen Michael.gallen@mymanatee.org 2
John Chappie John.chappie@mymanatee.org 3
Robin DiSabatino Robin.disabatino@mymanatee.org 4
Donna Hayes Donna.hayes@mymanatee.org 5
Carol Whitmore Carol.whitmore@mymanatee.org 6
Joe McClash Joe.mcclash@mymanatee.org 7

 

We encourage all members to contact their legislators regarding needed funding for mental health”.
The League of Women Voters suggests keeping the following tips handy when contacting elected officials:
1. Politicians aren’t interested in the opinions of people who can’t vote for them. Identify yourself as a constituent of the legislator you’re contacting.
2. Whether writing or calling your legislators, focus on a single topic. You’ll be more effective and receive a faster response.
3. Ask the legislator to take specific action, like supporting a piece of legislation. Ask for a written response that gives your legislator’s position on the issue.
4. Make your points quickly and concisely to have a greater impact.
5. When talking about an issue, it’s best to use your own words.
Remember, you can send a letter, email or telephone legislators to express your views.
THIS REPORT, A SAMPLE LETTER AND LIST OF CONTACTS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
Our purpose in alerting NAMI members about legislation and laws proposed, pending and passed in the U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature, and in Manatee County is to inform.  We all need to know about bills that may affect those with a mental illness.  Members may wish to support or object to changes “in the works”, so we facilitate their being able to state their opinions directly to legislators by providing contact information for our local, state and national representatives.

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