We have spent the past weeks celebrating the historic passage of The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act initiatives in health care reform; but there is one more step of advocacy we need from everyone that will greatly benefit the work all of you do for mothers and families in your communities! The good news is that it will take only five minutes and involves two phone calls. But we need your help by next Tuesday, June 22nd.
While development/assignment of the initiatives for research and public awareness campaigns are already law and will be budgeted accordingly, the three million dollars for grants to fund responsive community programs from many sectors needs to pass through the appropriations committee.
There are many fantastic organizations and programs out there whose funding could mightily contribute to the sustainment and formation of national, replicable blueprints for programmatic response to postpartum depression issues. Perhaps you or your organization have ideas for programs you would like to implement.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Bobby L. Rush, are asking you to encourage your state senators and Congressman to “sign” the letter below.
All you need to do is 1 – call your two state Senators and 2 – the Congressperson representing your district to indicate you would like them to “sign” this letter.
If you are calling your state senator, please refer to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s letter regarding funding for the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act; If calling your Congressman, please refer to Congressman Bobby L. Rush’s letter in support of funding for the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.
To find the phone number for your state senator click here.
To find the U.S. Congressman/woman representing your district, click here.
Dear (Chair and Raking Members of Senate/House Appropriations Committee):