DBSA Endorsed Legislation
How Does DBSA Choose Legislation to Endorse or Support?
DBSA interacts and works with alliances in the mental health community such as the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a consortium of national organizations representing consumers, family members, advocates, professionals and providers.
How Does DBSA Advocate for Specific Bills or Legislation?
Why Isn’t the Same Legislation Being Supported This Year?
The 108th session of Congress has concluded and legislation introduced during that time has been dropped according to congressional procedure. New bills covering the same subject areas will have to be re-introduced in the 109th session, which began in January.
At the end of each year, which also marks the end of the final congressional session in Washington, DC, all of the legislation that was proposed in that year is deleted. The slate was wiped clean, so to speak. As a result, when the new year begins, for example, January 1, 2007, new legislation must be reintroduced in the both the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
On a daily basis, DBSA watches for new mental health legislation that would affect our constituents. So currently when you visit Capwiz, you are viewing legislation from 2006 which may or may not be reintroduced next year.
However, if you have, or still do, write a letter regarding a piece of legislation from last year, that is okay because you are telling your legislators that the legislation is still important to you. So your letter will have impact.Stay informed and log on to the Advocacy Center frequently to see if any new legislation has been introduced that we would like you to send a letter about. Thank you.
See current DBSA supported legislation.
page created: May 11, 2005
page updated: February 15, 2007