Hello ACA members and activists,
We have an important request you can make to your Senators this week!
As most of you know, the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) is a priority counseling grant program that we advocate for on behalf of the tens of thousands of students that benefit each year that it is funded. Letters have been circulated in the House and the Senate to show appropriators their colleagues’ support for funding ESSCP. The House letter’s deadline for colleagues to sign on has already passed. However, Senator Franken has requested his Senate colleagues join him in sending a letter to the Appropriation Committee’s Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Moran.
Senators must contact Sen. Franken’s office by end of the day this Wednesday. Because there are only a couple days left, please call the offices rather than email.
Here is a sample message you can give your Senators’ offices when you call:
Hi, my name is _______ and I am a __[counselor/school counselor/parent]__ in __[city]__. I’m calling today because over the last week or so there was a “dear colleague” letter sent out by Senator Franken asking other senators to sign onto a letter supporting continued funding for school counseling services. Currently, the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program helps many schools provide the much needed services that school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers can provide. Now is not the time to cut students’ access to mental health services. Furthermore, preventative services will save our country a great deal of money in the end. The deadline for signing onto the Appropriation Committee letter is this Wednesday. Do you know if this letter has been considered by Senator _____?
If YES, you can say, “Thank you and please pass on to the Senator my sincere support for funding school counseling and mental health programs in our schools.”
If I’M NOT SURE, you can say, “I have the name of the staff person who is leading this effort in Senator Franken’s office. Can I give that to you so you can follow up with her? Her name is Amanda Beaumont.”
If NO, you can say, “I am a member of the American Counseling Association and I’d be happy to have someone send you a copy of the letter from Sen. Franken’s office.” Get that person’s email address and send the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
To find your Senators’ Washington, DC office phone numbers, go to: http://www.senate.gov/ and use the “Find your Senators” search box in the top right-hand corner.
Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Thanks for all you do. These advocacy phone calls can make all the difference for future school counseling funding.
Remember, all calls need to be place by 3pm EST, this Wednesday!