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Parent Talking Points On Miller Legislation
Jan Moss Courtney
May 30, 2008
Dear Families, Friends & Alumni of Residential Treatment Programs,
In the last weeks you may have received letters or emails asking you to call and write your Representative regarding HR 5876* which was approved by the House Education Committee and will be going before the House as early as this week. Many of you have already done so, and we want to thank you for your support and endorsement of the programs which have helped to change so many of our lives. These requests have provided guidelines and talking points regarding the potential impact of this legislation on therapeutic programs, but how this Bill could impact parents, families and the treatment we've sought for our children may still be confusing to some of you. Our intent is to provide talking points regarding this Bill and the potential impact on us!
*CLARIFICATION: There has been confusion with HR 5876 because the title of the bill is "Stop Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008". While we all support stopping child abuse, the title is somewhat deceptive and doesn't necessarily reflect the content of the actual bill. Please see the talking points below which outline parent's concerns with this bill.
We support efforts to provide unbiased, informed, responsibly researched, well thought through and constructed legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect in EVERY residential setting. However, as written we oppose HR 5876.
Be a part of our phone campaign!
PLEASE PUT IN MULTIPLE CALLS TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!
(You can call many times, even daily and they will log all of your calls)
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR THEIR STAFF
Use the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or go to https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml to find contact information for your representative in the House.
FOLLOW UP BY WRITING A LETTER
The phone campaign is the first priority, however,
if you can, following up with a letter would be extremely valuable.
You can write your House Representative and/or U.S. Senators expressing your opinion of HR 5876 and sharing your family's positive personal experience with residential programs (wilderness and aftercare).
Thank you for making your voice heard in Washington!
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